At Airbnb, we strive to leverage our company’s unique assets for social good. From philanthropy to employee volunteerism, to our host community and the use of our technology, we are always working to embody our mission of creating a world where you can belong anywhere.
Airbnb employees receive four hours of paid time off every month to volunteer in their local communities. Our host communities are regularly invited to volunteer alongside our employees, too. In 2013, we launched our Global Citizenship Champion program so we can be good neighbors in the cities we have offices. Our Champions organize volunteer activities for employees and hosts, lead charitable drives and make charitable contributions to causes important to their local communities in 20 cities around the world. The Champions have helped the Airbnb community complete over 17,000 hours of service in 2016.
Airbnb Open Homes
Airbnb Open Homes is a global program that provides free or low-cost, short-term stays on our platform for individuals and families during times of need or celebration such as medical patients traveling for treatment, low-income students traveling to visit universities, or social entrepreneurs traveling to change the world. Airbnb partners with nonprofits to identify eligible guests and when possible, we work with hosts who are willing to reduce their nightly rates to share the cost of the trip with Airbnb.
“Having the Airbnb property to come home to every night was such a blessing. With a family of five, hotel rooms feel crowded and we don’t always get the best sleep! Having this ‘home away from home’ allowed us to have our own space and own beds to sleep in. My husband and I were able to stay up and watch TV after the kids went to bed without fear of waking them up. We could not have asked for better accommodations for our stay in Rio!”
AMY SANDERS, MAKE-A-WISH GUEST
Other ways we give back
In addition to philanthropy and volunteerism, there are a number of ways we partner with our local communities — from sharing our conference rooms and office space with nonprofits to donating excess food to local shelters, to our global computer recycling program, where we donate funds garnered from selling used equipment to local organizations.
We care about what our Community cares about. Our AirGives program also allows Airbnb employees, hosts, guests and neighborhood organizations to submit charitable requests in the form of financial contributions, travel coupons, or volunteer time.
Inspired by the generosity of our Northeast community following Superstorm Sandy, we built a tool that enabled 1,400 Airbnb hosts in New York to open their homes to displaced neighbors. Since then, Airbnb hosts have opened their doors to displaced residents and relief workers in response to emergencies around the world.