volunteer corps

If Digitas’ offices seemed somewhat empty last Thursday, it wasn’t because its staffers were slacking off.

Nearly 400 employees of the agency, about one-half of the Boston headquarters staff, donated their time to seven local organizations in the Boston area for the 10th annual “Digitas Volunteer Day.”

For the city’s Franklin Park Zoo, an agency team helped staff harvest a garden, paint buildings and fences, and perform other maintenance activities.

For the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center in Roxbury, Mass., the volunteers engaged in a number of activities with inner-city children. Face painting, puppet shows, music and reading were all part of the festivities; the crew also put its design skills to use by painting a mural on the playground wall.

Other recipients included a local park, a sailing center, a Latino youth organization and a local food bank.

Digitas began Volunteer Day in 1993 to build ties with the community and foster a generous spirit among its employees. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to throw out hierarchy and work on these projects together,” said Rob Cosinuke, president of Digitas in Boston.