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What do a blood drive, backpack stuffing and serving food to those in need have in common?

If you guessed that they are all charitable activities that Tripwire employees participate in on a regular basis, you are correct! But what you may not have guessed is that recently Tripwirians did all three of them in a one-week span.

Blood Drive--Kelly Lang
Tripwire CFO Kelly Lang at the American Red Cross blood drive.

On Monday, July 14, Tripwire—in conjunction with the American Red Cross—hosted its quarterly blood drive. A mix of Tripwire employees and other local givers donated 20 pints of blood, an amount that could potentially save up to six lives!

According to the Red Cross, summer is a time that typically sees fewer drives, as high schools and colleges are out of session. Additionally, regular donors who are absent due to summer travel can cause blood donations to decline significantly. Well, let them vacation; Tripwire is happy to help fill in the summertime gap!

Only days later, on July 17, Team Tripwire (including kids of employees) traveled to the headquarters of Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies.

Schoolhouse Supplies Volunteers
At Schoolhouse Supplies’ Pack-a-Palooza event.

At the organization’s annual Pack-a-Palooza, a friendly but competitive event, our team (paired with The Standard), stuffed 566 backpacks full of pens, pencils, notebooks, folders and other essential school supplies. And they did it all at ludicrous speed: 2.22 seconds per backpack!

Although we didn’t win the competition, we were an integral part of the bigger effort which filled nearly 13,000 backpacks for Portland students. In early September, we will have the opportunity to deliver the backpacks to the schools, handing them directly to the students—a truly rewarding experience!

Rounding out the week of giving… on Monday, July 21, a team of ten Tripwire folks spent quality time at the Blanchet House, a Portland facility which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week and operates a transitional shelter program for men struggling with various issues.

Volunteering at the Blanchet House.

Our volunteers dished up food, delivered plates and bussed tables. In a mere hour and a half, the team served a total of 405 lunches to people in need. That’s a lot of food and a ton of fun!

At Tripwire, we pride ourselves on our best-in-class IT security solutions. But many of us are even more proud to be part of a company that gives back to its community. Our volunteer efforts are supported and even encouraged by our managers and executives, through Tripwire’s VTO program (Volunteer Time Off).

It’s rare when we have three opportunities to volunteer within a single week, but the “stars aligned” in July of 2014, and we rose to the occasion. If you are interested in joining our team, check out our careers page here!