At TUNE, social responsibility means holding ourselves accountable by empowering all employees of TUNE to lead in both our community and industry. We created the TUNE Cares platform to support individual passions, facilitate community engagement, and drive responsible corporate citizenship, all of which build shared value for the company, ecosystem, and community.
Our TUNE Cares platform has three spheres of influence: our commitment to industry, our commitment to community, and our commitment to leadership.
Here’s how TUNErs were involved in the community this Summer in Seattle!
TUNE Charity Tailgate
“On the first Saturday of September, TUNE hosted their very first charity tailgate at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks were off playing the New York Jets, but TUNE stood strong in Pioneer Square as we cheered on the Hawks to a win and collected winter clothing donations for Plymouth Housing. In total, TUNErs donated over 200 winter items, and the donation bin was filled up within 10 minutes of the tailgate. It was a proud day and an amazing opportunity to see everyone come together for our community!” — Hillary Robinson, Perks Coordinator
Seattle Junior Hockey Association
“I’ve been involved with the Seattle Junior Hockey Association over the last 5 years, coaching both coed and all-female teams, ranging from beginners to our current National-bound 14U Female Team. It’s been an incredible experience helping these kids develop both individually and as teammates. I’ve also learned to have more patience than I ever thought possible — and most of that is needed for the parents :).” — Steve McQuade, VP of Engineering
“During the month of August, TUNE employees volunteered at Teen Feed in the University District. Teen Feed is a nonprofit that helps by offering basic need items and daily essential to help homeless teens in Seattle. Our wonderful kitchen staff prepared fresh meals and we spent an evening serving food to about 30 homeless teens and at-risk youth in Seattle. Read more about this amazing program. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time!” — Sabrina Oldham, Director of Recruiting
Belltown Community Task Force
“Belltown is the 6th-fastest growing neighborhood in America with a range of cultural, business, environmental, and historic assets that can contribute to the success of this neighborhood, along with a host of challenges including housing, open space, mobility, and safety issues. Project Belltown is an initiative to retain and build a culturally rich and economically vibrant community through advocacy, business development, marketing and promotion, programming, and strategic investments. Earlier in October, TUNE graciously hosted our third task force meeting (including plenty of great food and drink from the TUNE kitchen!). The group is tasked with establishing a Belltown-focused nonprofit organization that has the capacity to implement a community-driven work program that is supported by a long-term sustainable funding model.” — Alec Baker, Product Manager
Brown Bag Lunch Making During Postback
“While all TUNE employees were in Seattle for our annual Postback conference earlier this summer, the TUNE Cares team organized a brown bag lunch-making event for everyone to participate in. Together, 33 employees from all over the globe made 100 lunches in just under 30 minutes and donated them to a local charity. It was safe to say the brown bag lunch making event was an absolute success!” — Ali Wulf, Recruiting Program Specialist
TUNE’s Quarterly Blood Drive
“Our last Blood Drive of the year took place on August 26th with the help of BloodWorks Northwest. TUNE filled 100% of the available slots and had an exceptional number of first-time donors: 50% of those individuals were first-time donors!
“Here are some numbers to be proud of:
- Registered Donors – 30 (15 first-timers!)
- Units Collected – 20
- Lives Saved – 60” — Hillary Benson, Perks Coordinator
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Mentor Program
“Through TUNE Cares, I became involved with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship mentor program. WSOS offers academic scholarships to students pursuing STEM and Health Care degrees, most of whom come from underrepresented groups in these fields. As the first person in my family to obtain a technical degree and as a woman in a male-dominated field, I was more than happy to volunteer for this organization.” — Hillary Prather, Software Development Engineer
Along with Hillary, we currently have six other mentors including: William Bernhard, Travis Young, John Bender, Robin Yamaguchi, Brent Roraback, and Brett Toy.
Plymouth Housing + TUNE Partnership
“TUNE has forged a very meaningful partnership with Plymouth Housing Group, a Seattle non-profit that provides housing and supportive services to the local homeless population. I was honored to speak on behalf of Plymouth at two recent events: a happy hour where TUNE combined forces with our upstairs neighbors, Lease Crutcher Lewis and Weinstein A+U, to promote corporate social responsibility and community engagement, plus another (and literally the biggest ever) Plymouth fundraiser, the Key to Hope luncheon, which boasted $767,000 in funds raised and 1,200 attendees, including TUNE employees! What does $767,000 mean for Plymouth? That covers the expenses to provide a home and a support system for 52 people for a *year*. That’s major impact for Seattle, and TUNErs were a part of it!” — Taylor Reynolds, Executive Assistant to TUNE’s General Managers
Make a milestone impact
TUNE Cares has a goal of 100% participation by TUNE employees in a volunteer or community-building event in 2016, and we’re well on our way to achieving our milestone! You can learn more about TUNE Cares and our culture at TUNE on our website.
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Becky is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at TUNE. Before TUNE, she led a variety of marketing and communications projects at San Francisco startups. Becky received her bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University. After living nearly a decade in San Francisco and Seattle, she has returned to her home of Charleston, SC, where you can find her enjoying the sun and salt water with her family.