Making an Impact in Turkey: Announcing 2015 Symantec Service Corps Volunteer Partners

On February 28, 2015 nine Symantec employees will depart for Ankara, Turkey to kick-off the second year of the Symantec Service Corps program, a month-long initiative that provides pro-bono consulting to local non-profits, supporting Symantec’s commitment to making a positive social impact, building cultural awareness, and developing leaders across all levels of the organization.

As part of the program, Symantec selects three organizations to work alongside, helping to provide critically-needed business services. Today, we are proud to announce this year’s beneficiaries: The Nature Society, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, and Flying Broom.

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With their mission to defend the rights of nature, Doğa Derneği (The Nature Society) has been working since 2002 as a grassroots organization, conducting scientific research, providing solutions for conservation, establishing partnerships, mobilizing volunteers, and driving policy change. The Nature Society is a leading conservation organization and a partner of Birdlife International, a network of grassroots organizations operating in over 100 countries worldwide. The organization plans to conduct an annual raptor count census in Turkey, in order to provide an evidence base to justify conservation measures for the Egyptian Vulture and other raptor species.

For this project, there is an opportunity for the Symantec Service Corps team of Patty Christofferson (Mountain View, CA), Shantanu Gattani (Mountain View, CA), and Rachel Yokum (Mountain View, CA) to asses the current status of the census plan and provide guidance on adopting data management and analysis, social media tools, and best practices.

asam_logo_square(2)The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD) is a non-governmental organization that develops solutions to address the challenges that refugees and asylum seekers encounter in Turkey, and helps to meet their basic and social needs, particularly the most vulnerable populations: women, children, and the elderly. Support services include legal, psychosocial, financial aid, medical, and health and nutrition. This program is aligned with Symantec’s commitment to improving human rights.

The SGDD has been overwhelmed with more than 20,000 visitors seeking their services each month, and currently all of the registrations and service provisions are done by hand. The Symantec Service Corps team of Sohini Nathoo (Johannesburg, South Africa), Joseph Gifford (Dublin, Ireland), and Mirabel Ramos (Culver City, CA) will engage with SGDD to understand the needs and requirements for an online system to enable multiple users at various locations to track their clients, as well as to provide a simplified reporting system.

Flying BroomFlying Broom is a women’s organization that is focused on enhancing gender equality by providing information and training to empower women and women’s organizations, and contributing to the development of effective policies to tackle problems arising from inequality. Their programs are aligned with Symantec’s commitment to diversity and empowering women around the world.

In working with Flying Broom, Symantec Service Corps team members Archana S. Rajan (Culver City, CA), Amitoj Duggal (Pune, India) and Travis Goldberg (Dublin, Ireland) will work to improve and protect the tremendous film archives associated with the organization’s 18-year International Women’s Film Festival. They will research potential tools for online archiving and sharing of film materials, and provide recommendations and an action plan to make festival materials available to the public.

Preparing for Turkey

The Symantec Service Corps team is at work preparing for this year’s trip, and is eager and excited to offer their support to these three organizations.

Similar to last year, they will share their experiences about the assignments, culture, team, and more while they are deployed. Stay tuned to the Service Corps website for updates on these projects and the team’s adventures in Turkey, and please let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d like the team to report back on!

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