Each year, Airbnb communities across the world come together and bring the company’s core values to life by supporting nonprofits, local charities and those who benefit from them. This year, employees and hosts combined to support over 250 projects, in more than 50 cities, clocking over 11,000 volunteer hours globally.
In London, the team kicked off Week For Good at Divine Rescue, helping the organisation sort food and clothing donations in addition to serving food for those in need at the soup kitchen. Staff and hosts cooked for and served 40 service users, most of whom are destitute or sleeping rough, and according to the Divine Rescue team, are likely to have just one meal a day.
Wednesday saw the London team support our local charity St. Luke’s Community Centre for their annual spring party. Volunteers baked tasty treats for members to enjoy in addition to spending time prepping the party space, making food and setting tables to get the event off the ground. Other Airbnb staff welcomed guests later in the afternoon, chatted, mingled and otherwise sought to keep the company entertained during the spring party.
For the past year, Airbnb has supported St. Luke’s Community Fridge by donating leftover food to prevent waste and help those in need. During Week For Good, Airbnb staff were able to actually support the Community Fridge by volunteering at the space in the afternoon, getting to know the local community we help serve. Staff members were also encouraged to donate any in date, unopened groceries to the Community Fridge for the day.
Airbnb team members travelled over to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday to lend support to Our Parklife, an independent charity which helps manage and maintain the park grounds with the help of volunteers. Team members were able to help revitalise a section of the canal by removing invasive foliage to enable wildflowers to flourish in the area.
Throughout the week, London employees worked with the Reach Community Hub, an organisation committed to supporting young people with varying levels of deprivation by exposing them to opportunities that are hard to come by in their communities. Staff members were able to host mock interviews with students preparing to enter their final year of school and beyond.
Finally, to celebrate the week of volunteer efforts, employees attended an ice&fire performance of This is Who I Am, an intimate performance which highlights testimonies from LGBT+ refugees about their experiences both at home and here in the UK while addressing the particular challenges they face.
Week for Good is an annual project which encompasses all 26 Airbnb offices around the world.