I am sure all of us have received an email from the HR asking to take part in some events, maybe school fair, maybe a charity. I have ignored them all, I have ignored their reminders as well because I believe they are not worth my attention. Also, I have extremely satisfying sex life, I don't need to respond to an email from "HR Associate, Mellisa Jones" to get some satisfaction.
The HR or your team member often ask or persuade employees/colleagues to take part in charitable activities, "helping the world" they say. "Making the world a better place to live" they say. It's like "taking part in charities" is something that is good. "Volunteering" is a good thing.
Let me tell you, I have worked hard in this life so that I don't become drug addicts, homeless, or illiterates that those charities are trying to "help (I think the right word they are looking for is "meddle")."
You consistently underestimate the power to be different. On a quiet day in the office, I don't just go through existing spreadsheets to see if I can make any improvements, which would be easy. No no no, I only do that during my "break time." On a quiet day, I read primers, the ones that I have read so many times, to better-understand the markets and what I am doing day-to-day. Over the years, I have printed out so many primers or related publications (from so many authors at so many organizations). I re-read some when I have time. Every time I read it (even a primer from the 80s and most have already been withdrawn from the organizations), I find something different and makes me think again what I am doing. I do that because I don't want to be those who end up homeless, not having enough money to enjoy what life offers, and I want to learn. I have my pride as an individual who knows a thing or 2 about finance. I should know more about finance than 99.999% of the population.
In principle, I am absolutely against any form of charity. Yes, there are certain values added or created by some charities, but most are just made-up by people who go looking for new problems in the world and say "look, I have found one. I found it, not you. I will start a charity." And I can't stand those who are running charities. Get a real job, I say.
Please don't try to make the whole world smile, because you can't, because most of us work in finance hard and harder so that we don't become like a normal civilian struggling with simple tasks in life and constantly needing validations from peers (mostly from those who are eager to "break in").
My whole point is this; At the end of the day, I don't want to be like people who work at a Subway branch, I don't want to be like a small town accountant, I don't want to be like people who work in operations, that's partly what drives me to work hard. You cannot under-estimate people's willingness to be different, desire to be different.