Houston (January 20, 2020) – Volunteer Houston, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries), and the local Points of Light affiliate, partnered with Twitter to manage the largest corporate volunteer project in the company’s history.
On January 16, more than 4,000 global Twitter employees volunteered at over 44 project sites across the City of Houston to support 51 nonprofits. The Tweeps – the nickname Twitter employees proudly call themselves – worked on projects ranging from planting community gardens and beautifying parks, making STEM kits and hygiene kits, stocking food pantries, organizing activities for seniors and children, and more. Twitter Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey was among those volunteering, as well as Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone. Interfaith Ministries CEO Martin B. Cominsky and Board Chair Jay Harberg, and Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush also participated.
This day of service was made possible by Twitter for Good, whose philanthropic mission is to harness the positive power of Twitter to make the world a better place. Twitter for Good embraces this goal through civic engagement and volunteerism as well as content and data partnerships with NGOs and charities around the world. The company embraces this mission by focusing support where it can make the greatest impact.
“No words can express the wonder of seeing today’s historic event come to fruition after months of planning between the Volunteer Houston team and Twitter for Good, the energy of the Tweeps and the excitement of the nonprofits,” said Interfaith Ministries CEO Martin B. Cominsky. “The impact of Twitter’s investment in the Houston community and Tweeps who made it possible is immeasurable and has set a new standard for companies visiting Houston!”
“Our partnership with Volunteer Houston was key to coordinating the largest single day of service in our company’s history,” Twitter Head of Philanthropy and Community Outreach Karl Robillard said. “We deployed 4,000+ Tweeps across Houston to serve alongside local volunteers and community members. We leave Houston with heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome we received from the 51 community agencies we worked with. Thank you for showing us that the spirit of service and community is alive and well in your great city!”