As a company with a predominantly remote workforce, we’re always exploring new ways to build stronger connections between our employees. One of our core values is that we “are better together,” which is why we launched the Silverline World Tour this fall, uniting Silverliners across the globe to learn more about each other, have fun, and give back to their communities.
“Silverline World Tour is the perfect opportunity to bring Silverliners together in the many different cities where we live and work, helping to build or renew relationships that will last long after the World Tour moves to its next stop,” said Andrew Blaisdell, Chief Administrative Officer. “These events are also an amazing opportunity to give back to our local communities. Silverline Cares is all about encouraging employees to affect change in their local communities, and it’s been inspiring to see our Silverliners be so passionate about making a difference and working as a team to make it happen.”
With our heavy concentration of employees in Florida, the Silverline World Tour kicked off in Orlando, FL. It was a beautiful day to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, a nonprofit organization with a mission to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community.
Second Harvest collects, stores, and distributes donated food to more than 625 feeding partners in seven Central Florida counties, and last year, their food bank distributed enough food for 81 million meals. The Silverline team visited the food bank and threw on their gloves to pack boxes for the afternoon. They packed 935 boxes, which is approximately 12,500 meals!
After their trip to Second Harvest, Silverliners got to learn more about each other with employee bingo and engage in some friendly competition at Kings bowling alley. Those who weren’t squeamish about heights also took a ride on the StarFlyer, the world’s tallest standalone swing ride, towering 450 feet above the ground.
“The Silverline World Tour in Orlando gave Silverliners based in Florida the opportunity to connect in person socially and for a great cause,” said Shanna Sandy, Senior Director of People. “The mix of both structured and unstructured time helped build deeper connections and foster camaraderie, and giving back to our fellow Floridians in need after Hurricane Ian was an experience I will forever cherish.”
The Silverline World Tour continued in Toronto, where Canadian Silverliners — including a large percentage of our Media and Entertainment team — got together to prepare care packages and throw some axes. The weather was the complete opposite of the first stop, swapping Orlando sun for the first snow of Toronto’s fall season.
Silverline collaborated with Kits for a Cause, an organization that has packed over 327,000 care packages for over 300 charities across North America, to create kits for Scott Mission, which provides essential resources to neighbors who are struggling. WIth support from donors, Scott Mission has delivered over 126,137 meals, 34,889 orders of groceries, 14,600 nights of safe shelter, and a wide array of vital programs to the Toronto community.
The Toronto gathering wrapped with dinner and an exhilarating evening of ax-throwing, because the team that throws together grows together.
“Ax throwing was a fun way to bring our team together, while also bringing in a little bit of competition,” said Kathleen Ferrie, VP of Marketing. “We started the evening trying it out where newbies like me were taught how to throw the ax, and then we played a bracketed tournament, where everyone was super supportive and cheered each other on. The whole team enjoyed it a lot and got a chance to get to know each other. Congratulations to our 1st place winner Nathan Bartz and runner-up Andrew Blaisdell!”
The Silverline World Tour continues with stops in Bangalore, Cincinnati, and New York City, with even more cities in 2023. Want to join the Silverline team? Check out our available positions.