Airbnb volunteerism: a look back at giving back in 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and we head into a new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the volunteer work our Airbnb hosts and employees committed to their local cities to thank them for being the ultimate hosts to our offices and homes.

Here are just a few ways our teams gave back in 2016.

Every other week in our Sydney office, volunteers supported Redfern Meal Program by serving breakfast to community members. They also kicked off a volunteer partnership with the Social Networking Group by forming monthly meetups where people with disabilities could come socialize and engage with other members of the community.

One of our New York team’s most impactful experiences was working with Win, the largest provider of shelter services for women and children in NYC, where they provided support for reading and writing skills.Volunteers in Seoul came together to support UNHCR through an office fundraiser.

London volunteers started a new project this year working with IntoUniversity to mentor first-generation university applicants. Members of the office are paired with a mentee across London to provide advice and support for first-generation students transitioning from high school to university.

Volunteers in Portland continued their amazing partnership with Store to Door, an organization that supports independent living for area seniors and people with disabilities.  

One of team Singapore’s favorite volunteer events this year was with Daughters of Tomorrow, an organization that seeks to empower underprivileged women. In addition to volunteering, they invited leaders from the organization to speak to the entire office about the importance of their work.

Our Sao Paulo office teamed up with community members of Vila Laboriaux and 100 Airbnb hosts for the 2016 Olympics. They revitalized an abandoned space into a cultural center for community residents to create a feeling of belonging among locals.

And here in San Francisco, one of our favorite volunteer traditions is sending all new hires to volunteer at the SF Marin Food Bank every Friday as part of their orientation, often with local hosts!

Volunteering is just one of the many ways we support local communities at Airbnb. To learn more about our efforts, check out the Airbnb Global Citizenship page!