Getting together to have fun and help the animals in local shelters

Every day, our hundreds of virtual receptionists, leads, and mentors work from their home offices to support thousands of clients across the country. Our remote model is better for people, planet, and profit, helping us make a positive impact in terms of our social, environmental, and financial bottom lines.

But we can’t be all work and no play. That’s why, each month, we invite our employees in different cities and states to get together in person for a meetup. Our outreach director, Tabitha, sets up these events to give people a chance to get to know their online co-workers with some face time. They also give us a chance, Tabitha says, to reach out to make a difference in the communities in which we operate.


Helping animals in need

In January, our meetups included gatherings for family fun. And since many of our families also include pets, we decided to collect some toys and supplies for animal shelters in each city.

As always, we wanted to let employees who couldn’t make it to a meetup join in to help. So we created a badge in our online learning system, AdaptiveU, to let them donate dog and cat toys, too.

Best of all, thanks to Skip’s for Dogs buy one, give one program, we were able to double our impact. For every pet toy our team bought on AdaptiveU, pets in shelters got two!

Pet toy donations for Kaysville from the AnswerConnect meetup

Boise: Wahooz Fun Zone and Fuzzy Paws

Our Boise-area team returned to Wahooz Family Fun Zone, where we have had past meetups featuring pin bowling and a lot of other games.

Riding the twister at the AnswerConnect team meetup at Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Boise

Despite a tremendous amount of snow keeping some people at home, we had a good turnout of about 18, including family members. Youth ranging from teenagers to young kids joined the fun, says organizer Robert, who leads one of our virtual receptionist teams. “The kids all kind of grouped up. It was cool to see everyone in a family atmosphere,” he says.

Wahooz Family Fun Zone Boise climbing wall AnswerConnect meetup

The meetup gave some of our more experienced employees a chance to reconnect, as well as to meet newer hires. “We get excited about seeing each other,” Robert says, “and the new members, too.”

Wahooz Family Fun Zone Boise AnswerConnect meetup


The Boise group chose Fuzzy Pawz Rescue for their donations. We collected rawhides, pull toys, and other fun stuff for the shelter animals.

Wahooz Family Fun Zone Boise laughing team AnswerConnect meetup


Kaysville: Boondocks and Best Friends Animal Society

In Kaysville, Utah, just north of Salt Lake City, our team headed to Boondocks, which features bowling, laser tag, and arcade games. (Snow kept us from enjoying Boondocks’ go-karts and mini golf this time.)

Playing a game at Boondocks in Kaysville for the AnswerConnect team meetup


Kami, who coordinated the meetup, says the group played arcade games, won a ton of tickets, bowled a game, and then some played laser tag. “The food there is really good as well,” she says.

Unidentified string, possibly cheese, at Boondocks in Kaysville for AnswerConnect team meetup


Those who braved the snowy roads included Christina, who came all the way from Logan. As a person who shares her home with a bunch of cats, she was excited to contribute her donation to the Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill shelter.

Bowling at Boondocks in Kaysville for the AnswerConnect team meetup


“I love doing these,” says Kami. “It’s so nice to talk to a co-worker. You can talk about common things, you can relate. It’s really nice and it makes you feel more connected.”


Harlingen: Gatti’s Pizza and Harlingen Humane Society

Next up was our team in Harlingen at the very southern tip of Texas. The group went to Gatti’s Pizza for a buffet of pizza, pasta, and salad, and then hit the arcade and game room.

Michelle and daughter at Gatti's Pizza in Harlingen for the AnswerConnect team meetup


Michelle, who coordinated the meetup on the ground in Harlingen, was proud to report that she made a few shots on the basketball hoop!

Allen, one of our team members in attendance, appreciated the inclusion of family and friends for the meetup. “I enjoyed that it seemed more like a family get-together than a work one,” he says. “The kids all enjoyed the fun.”

Playing a game at Gatti's Pizza in Harlingen for the AnswerConnect team meetup


The group collected donations for the local Harlingen Humane Society, adding to our running total of toys for dogs and cats that need some love!

Riding the Frog Hopper at Gatti's Pizza in Harlingen for the AnswerConnect team meetup

Charlotte: Sports Connection and Humane Society

In Charlotte, Kris and David from our client services team met up with their families at Sports Connection.

David focused on shredding at Guitar Hero, while others tried out the bumper cars, a ropes course, laser tag, and the climbing wall.

Playing Guitar Hero at Sports Connection in Charlotte for the AnswerConnect team meetup

Laser tag at Sports Connection in Charlotte for AnswerConnect team meetup

Bumper cars at Sports Connection in Charlotte for the AnswerConnect team meetup


“It was very active, very fun. It was a blast,” Kris says.

Our team and families at Sports Connection in Charlotte for the AnswerConnect meetup