Appirio looking forward to next chapter at Jonathan Jennings Elementary
With its headquarters in the heart of downtown, Appirio has operated in Indianapolis for more than eight years. Integrating with its parent company, Wipro, Appirio has embraced the philanthropic values steeped in Wipro’s Sustainability statement:
“Sustainability at Wipro is all about Good Citizenship. It stems from the belief that corporations are socio-economic citizens and that their objectives have to be congruent with society’s goals. Today, they wield significant capacity to influence social issues, i.e., “power to do good.” This is a responsibility and must manifest in a thoughtful and deliberate set of initiatives, not in charity. These must reflect the same level of rigor and strategic thinking as in business initiatives. Wipro believes it must try to, and can, make (some) lasting impact towards creating a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society.”
While Appirio has held annual philanthropic days, Wipro inspired Appirio to help the students of one local public school. Recent hire Yumna Khan was happy to introduce Appirio to Jonathon Jennings 109 because of the special role it plays in her family. Her mother is a teacher at the school and helped start this partnership. Since the start of the 2019 school year, Appirians throughout the state found themselves supporting Jonathan Jennings School 109.
Appirio selected Jonathan Jennings as the recipient of its First Book donation and pledged to raise funds for the school as part of Wipro’s annual Spirit of Wipro global fun runs. Upon learning about Appirio’s upcoming First Book donation, students from Jonathan Jennings’ running team joined Appirians in a 5K run at Indianapolis’ Christian Park. Appirian Qahir Lakha shared this about his experience “Knowing what I know now, the turnout we got for the first ever Spirit of Wipro run was a sign. A good omen of all the fantastic work that Appirio can, and did, do to help out the very deserving students.”
After meeting a few students at the 5K, several Appirians volunteered to assist Jonathan Jennings’ robotics team, which continued until the school’s closing in March due to COVID-19. Appirian Anmol Khana shared this about her experience, “I really liked volunteering with the robotics club’s group of 3rd-6th graders. I always looked forward to seeing them and working with them on their robotics club competitions. We were assigned small groups of kids to look after and ensure they finished the tasks laid out for them. When we walked in, a few students would get up and run to us for a hug. That was heartwarming and felt welcoming every time. While enjoying these little moments with each of them, I learned about leadership, collaboration, and patience.”
Appirio remains an active presence at Jonathan Jennings by participating in its summer reading program. Volunteers choose a book, record themselves reading it, and upload the audio to a student portal for a read along. Appirio provides an audio recorder containing the reading to a handful of students who do not have Internet access. Appirian Stacy Long who helped coordinate the donation said: “When the school had to move to online learning, we asked how we could help. We quickly signed up to sponsor the second-grade class’s summer reading list and to provide digital audio of ourselves reading along. When we learned that a number of students didn’t have internet at home, we also rallied to provide them with audio recorders featuring our read alongs. Knowing that the students would be able to enjoy the summer reading program just like the rest of their classmates, is a wonderful feeling. I am so honored that the school allowed us to participate and bring joy through reading for all the students.”
Despite upcoming changes at the school due to COVID-19, Appirio is grateful to continue dedicating time and resources to students and teachers transitioning to the “new normal” quickly and as pain-free as possible.
Appirio, an IT consulting company that offers technology and professional services to companies wishing to adopt public cloud applications, is focused on building deeper roots within the community. Wipro, a global consulting corporation founded by one of the world’s leading philanthropists, purchased Appirio in 2016. Both enterprises look forward to developing long-lasting philanthropic partnerships throughout Indiana.