We-Care.com is a national brand that proudly services nonprofits and philanthropists all over the US, but you know that saying “you never forget your roots”? Well, we’re a New York based company, powered by employees that spend their mornings, evenings, and weekends enjoying all that the great boroughs of New York have to offer. So, it was important to all of us at We-Care.com to take some time during this holiday season to give back to our own community. Here’s how we did it…

During the month of November, We-Care.com featured City Harvest as our Cause of the Month. So, while anyone can support City Harvest with their online shopping all year long, We-Care thought it’d be fun to feature a local cause during this busy shopping month (for all those users who had not yet chosen a cause to support). We just felt that it truly embraced the holiday spirit to be able to provide meals for those in need. And, to think, that we can all have that kind of an impact while shopping the latest deal or grabbing that perfect gift from Target, Best Buy, Macy’s and all of the other awesome, participating sites (there are over 3000!), just seemed perfect!

We-Care.com also teamed up with its sister companies to host a food drive that encouraged all employees to donate non-perishable food items. So while everyone was planning big holiday dinners for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, we were all simultaneously helping folks that were less fortunate around us plan festive dinners of their own.

The We-Care.com team also worked with its sister company, Sweeps4aCause, to enter City Harvest in a contest that would help the organization win $10,000! This contest (runs through Fall 2016), gives the general public a chance to help out too. But one of the things that makes this contest even more fun is that the organization isn’t the only participant in the contest. If you vote for City Harvest to win, you could win too! There are monthly prizes of $500 up for grabs (for both the entrant and City Harvest) and, of course, the grand prize of $10,000. All you have to do to participate in this contest is text FEEDNY to 38461 or enter online here.

Finally, the We-Care.com team needed to do something to get in there and really get their hands dirty. So the team packed up, went to the City Harvest warehouse in Long Island City and packaged food for at-risk families. #RepackToGiveBack was a day to remember as the whole team worked with other local businesses to set a new record for packing 750 boxes of rescued food in a single shift!

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All in all, it was a great month. We got to help an amazing organization crush their 5,000 box goal (City Harvest closed out the week at 6,510 boxes packed!), feed more than 20,000 New Yorkers, and spend some quality time with our friends at City Harvest. We’d like to give a BIG thank you to all of our users whose online shopping helped make this project possible.

As you celebrate this holiday season, keep in mind that behind every action is a way to give forward. Learn more about how to earn donations for nonprofits like City Harvest just by continuing to take your everyday actions here.