SAP’s 9th Annual Month of Service began on a high note as employees from the New York City office went to help out one of SAP’s favorite New York-based charities, God’s Love We Deliver, on Thursday. Eleven SAP volunteers traveled to God’s Love We Deliver’s temporary headquarters in Brooklyn to help portion and package over 2000 meals for the charity’s clients in just three hours. The organization is located there until its Manhattan location in SoHo is fully renovated.
God’s Love We Deliver was founded by a former Hospice worker named Ganga Stone in 1986, and currently delivers over one million meals per year to New Yorkers suffering from serious or life-altering diseases, such as AIDS, cancer and others. According to the group’s website, Stone came up with the idea after visiting an AIDS patient who was too sick to cook for himself, and the idea for her charity was born. While delivering a meal to the sick man later on, a minister she knew saw her and said she was delivering more than a meal, she was delivering “God’s Love.” The name stuck and Stone has grown the organization immensely since then, with plans to expand to two million meals per year after renovations to the old headquarters are finished.
For SAP employees, God’s Love We Deliver provides a perfect outlet to give back to the community in a fun and productive way for October’s Month of Service. Patti Orzano, a Marketing Executive Assistant in the New York office, has been volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver through SAP for five years now, and even sometimes volunteers for the group outside of SAP. “They produce a million meals a year in our area alone,” Orzano said. “We’re helping a lot of people and that’s going to make a difference in the long run.”
Together the eleven volunteers portioned out meals consisting of rice, vegetables and beef burgers, all while talking about everything from work to life and more. Plus the group engaged in a team-building activity that actually made a difference in the lives of over 2000 suffering people in the community. Kristin Thome, an employee with New York’s customer central office, volunteered for the first time with God’s Love We Deliver through SAP and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It was a great team building experience and great to know you’re helping other people,” Thome said.
Overall, the group was able to work together for a worthwhile cause, and it was only the beginning of SAP’s Month of Service. Thankfully, there will be many more opportunities for SAP employees all over the world to give back, help out and volunteer. “This is one of the things I love about SAP,” Orzano said. “As a big organization we need to give back to our community.”
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