Competitive drive is a personality trait that runs deep in most HomeAway employees. However, in one of our first internal contests, everyone was a winner! In November 2007, when the company had just over 100 employees in Austin, the team initiated an internal “Food & Fund Drive” on behalf of the Capital Area Food Bank. The challenge was to see who could bring in the most pounds of food over a nine-day period. Monetary donations were encouraged as well so for every $0.75 donated, the team would receive an extra pound towards their total.
What happened next was a mix of problem solving, collaboration, strategic planning and a significant amount of trash talking…
10 teams battled it out, but ultimately the development group conducted a cost-weight-benefit analysis to solidify their victory. They donated an impressive 430 lbs per team member and filled two trucks!
CEO, Brian Sharples had this to say about our efforts: “HomeAway employees went over and beyond expectations for this first-ever food drive. Their impressive and inspiring effort was big-thinking at its finest.”
All in all, we collected 13,350 pounds of food and donated $6,100 – resulting in more than 41,156 meals for Central Texans in need!