Giving back: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we like to spend time volunteering in the community – not for good karma points, but because we really do enjoy it. We’ve made arts and crafts with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, we’ve held dodgeball tournaments to benefit local school health services, and this year, we decided to use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as another opportunity to volunteer our time.

Thanks to the United Way and their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, finding volunteer opportunities was easy. The hard part was deciding which volunteer project to be a part of. We decided on gardening, then got ready to throw on torn jeans and old tennis shoes. “Gardening” is a loose term, though. In all actuality we were trailblazers with shovels.


We spent the day at Seeds, an educational community garden in Durham, NC. Their garden areas are used to promote youth involvement, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship – all noble causes if I do say so myself! The interesting part (and the part we were totally unprepared for) is that Seeds is currently undergoing a garden redesign. So, it was our job to reshape the land to make room for a wheelchair-accessible ramp and a retaining wall. But not before warming up our vocal chords by singing “The Garden Song.”

If you’re wondering what a garden redesign entails, just picture a dozen shovels, half a dozen wheelbarrows full of mud and clay, and a handful (or more) of sore muscles. Why so many sore muscles? Well, as much as I’d like to commend us for being a young and spry company, the fact still remains that we are indeed a software company, AKA a bunch computer-savvy nerds. We’re not exactly built for manual labor.

But I promise we gave it our all, and I’m fairly sure that we helped make progress at Seeds. Plus, we got to meet other volunteers from around the Triangle and learn about the work that Seeds is doing in the community. It was indeed a rewarding day.

Does that mean that we’ll be wielding shovels and reshaping more land this weekend? No, probably not. In fact, you’ll probably find me still cleaning off the mud from my tennis shoes.

What volunteer activities are you involved in? Tell us about them below, plus check out the results from our Second Annual Dodgeball Charity Challenge, benefiting Wake County school health services.