May is Autodesk’s annual Global Month of Impact. This is an opportunity for everyone at Autodesk to do some great volunteer work. This initiative demonstrates who we are — a company committed to making a better world. The theme of Global Month of Impact this year is disaster resilience and relief. Volunteer events are planned in over 26 Autodesk offices.
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). The Autodesk Foundation believes that design can change the world and supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges.
With more, better, and less in mind in this Global Month of Impact, the Autodesk Foundation hosted Wine to Water. Wine To Water is committed to serving communities to provide clean water to those in need. A group of Autodesk employees (myself included) assembled and packed water filtration units that can be shipped to those in need.
Before our hands-on participation, Doc Hendley, Wine to Water Founder and President, described the need for clean water and how he ventured into a life of philanthropy:
Then it was time for a demonstration as Autodesk employee, Ben Thompson, "volunteered" to drink a sample. Note the picture inlay where the dirty brown water (no that's not Coca Cola) is filtered by the portable attachment and poured into the glass:
After a toast to Wine and Water's mission, it was bottoms up. Success!
After the demonstration, we got to work.
It was a worthy way for us to spend a lunch hour. In fact, we've had 18 offices hosting Wine to Water events with the total filters assembled by Autodeskers as 2,172. Way to go team!
Today, Wine To Water is thousands of people around the globe who are committed to living, loving, serving and giving. More than 500,000 people now have clean water as a result of their efforts. If you would like to support Wine to Water's mission, check out their donation page. All donations go directly to the Wine To Water mission.
Filtration is alive in the lab.