YouGiveGoods hosts its first international drive

YouGiveGoods reached a major milestone this April, our first international drive, thanks to the compassion of the employees of Diageo North America..

Diageo is a global alcoholic beverage company with North American headquarters located in Norwalk, Connecticut. Their corporate mission of philanthropy is run under their group, Diageo C.A.R.E.s (Community Activity and Relief Efforts). Diageo C.A.R.E.s planned to hold their first YouGiveGoods corporate challenge drive raising food for five nonprofit organizations across the U.S. in March 2017.

At the end of the planning stages for the food drive, news hit about devastating floods and mudslides hitting Peru killing at least 70 people, displacing thousands and destroying roughly 150,000 structures including homes and hospitals.

The employees wanted to provide aid immediately and hoped to include a water bottle drive for Peru in their already planned YouGiveGoods challenge drive.

Although YouGiveGoods has never done an international drive, we were ready to tackle the challenge and set up the Peru water drive. With the help of Diageo C.A.R.E.s and Help Peru (a U.S.- based nonprofit which aids the people of Peru), YouGiveGoods was able to coordinate the purchase of water through Yacqua, a water company in Peru. Yacqua would also handle the delivery of donated water to distribution sites.

Diageo North America employees purchased 140 bottles of water through their online water drive which ended on April 12. In recognition of the continuing need for relief in Peru, YouGiveGoods donated an additional 110 bottles of water to the cause. In total 250 bottles of water will be delivered to displaced people in Peru at the end of April as a result of the drive.

YouGiveGoods’ very first international drive was a great learning experience. And, we’ve already received positive feedback. Michael Holme, President of Help Peru, sent us this note, “Many thanks for your support!!! Much appreciated. I really like what you guys are doing. It’s a very good way for people to donate.” We look forward to continuing to grow YouGiveGoods’ services and helping more people internationally in the future.

photo credits: The Atlantic, Help Peru

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