Taking time to do good in the world has always been important to us, which is why members of the studio recently teamed up for Activision Blizzard’s Veterans Day of Service. The annual event provides an opportunity to work with a service organization that directly benefits the veteran community.
Activision Blizzard’s Day of Service first began in 2014, giving employees the opportunity to offer hands-on support to veteran-focused organizations. The Day of Service spread and by 2016, the event had grown from 2,308 culminated hours of service to 3,432-- impacting 5,780 lives! The service projects are a mix of on-site and off-site work that allows for maximum participation across Activision. This year the Veterans Day of Service went international by including the United Kingdom and had over 850 volunteers.
Treyarch partnered with a long-time veteran support organization, Quilts of Valor to hand-make quilts for veterans.
“We’re happy to do our part and contribute to a much bigger cause,” said Gavin Goslin, Level Designer, discussing his thoughts on the service activity. The various quilting stations continued to fill up throughout the day as members of the studio joined together to make a quilt.
There was a role available for everyone, and those who weren’t quite prepared to learn the ins-and-outs of sewing got a crash course in ironing, matching patterns, and logistics, supplying thread and materials to others. “It’s great for the vets, and sewing is a skill that will be helpful during the Zombie Apocalypse,” added Erika Narimatsu Level Designer. Treyarch made tied fleece blankets last year, along with writing letters, creating art work, and assembling/decorating care packages.
Although the majority of the Treyarch volunteers didn’t have much sewing experience, what they lacked in knowledge they made up for in enthusiasm and quick-learning. Beverlee of Quilts of Valor remarked, “I think it’s wonderful that everyone here went outside of their normal everyday comfort zone to do something for somebody else, and make something that will help someone.”
As a studio, Treyarch supports veterans year-round through the Call of Duty Endowment program. Treyarch pioneered designing Endowment-themed weapon skins, reticles, animated calling cards, and other in-game collectibles to generate awareness and funds to get veterans back to work. Players can purchase these collectibles and additional supply drops with 100% of Activision’s proceeds donated to the Call of Duty Endowment, every cent of which prepares veterans to obtain high quality careers. This year, Activision made Treyarch designs available in the U.K., taking the Endowment international and providing even more opportunities for veterans.
In addition to the Day of Service, as well as the year-round efforts with the Endowment, members of the studio routinely pursue philanthropic causes, trying to make the world a better place one fundraiser, one 10K charity race, or even one quilt at a time.