This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is ‘Changing Communities. Changing lives’. It seems fitting given the current global shifts we have experienced over the past months.
While it may not be as straightforward to volunteer right now, it's even more important than ever that we do. Because without our help, some organisations won’t survive. With many charities or not-for-profit organisations relying on in-person events to raise donations, the industry has been heavily hit by social restriction laws. Not to mention, the follow-on impact for the people those organisations support.
At Salesforce, the message is loud and proud to give back where you can. Our Volunteer Time Off program (VTO) has been part of our 1-1-1 model, which we use to fulfil our vision of a world made better by business. This year, we have changed our VTO guidelines to allow people to donate their time, knowledge or skills to commercial organisations that are helping combat COVID-19. As long as you're helping improve the state of the world in some way, you're doing good.
I’m proud to be part of a business that has stood by each of its employees and customers as the world changed around it. When Salesforce takes a proactive role in supporting its community, it encourages our Ohana to respond and do incredible things. From employees running digital workshops for interns who would normally attend these in the office to raising $10,000 to refurbish iPads for women and children in need. What we’ve learnt during this period of isolation, is that the power of community is still as strong as ever.
Want to volunteer from home and not sure where to start? We’ve put together eight great remote volunteering ideas. With parents and children spending more time together, now is a great opportunity to introduce young kids to the joys of volunteering and contributing to helping improve the lives of others. One great initiative we’ve shared is giving the gift of light to help reduce energy poverty across the globe. By purchasing a Solar Buddy Family Pack, families can be part of a global movement, educating each other on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals while building lights to send to children living in poverty.
We’ve all been given a forced break to reflect on how we’re living our lives, and with the start of National Volunteer Week it's a good time to stop reflecting and start acting.