Giving is always strong at SAP through employee volunteerism, donation drives, and fundraising, especially during the holiday season. SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) teams have several projects taking place during this time across the US, encompassing the spirit of giving back to our local communities.
SAP Chicago has chosen to sponsor a KIPP family for the Christmas Holiday. Employees will come together to purchase clothes, shoes, and toys for a wonderful family in the Chicago area. These gifts will make their holiday wishes come true!
The giving doesn’t end there. Employees also come together to help out a local food bank in Dupage County. There will be a collection jar in the building for employees to make a monetary donation. For every $1 donated they receive a buying power of $10. All proceeds go to Loaves and Fishes, which is one of our long-time partners for volunteering.
SAP NSQ has adopted a family for the holidays through one of our Month of Service partners, Good Works. Karen Ayers, Executive Assistant for Peter David, CFO SAP Americas, has consistently worked with Good Works throughout the years. This year is extremely special because we are working closely with a family to fulfill their Christmas wish list. A group of generous employees have embraced the holiday spirit and plan to take gifts to the family in early December.
We also take part in an office-wide holiday event each year. Linda Hughes, Executive Assistant to Pat Pettinati, Chief Human Resources Officer, Americas Region, leads a holiday initiative each year with Toys for Tots. This program is a great way to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Delaware Valley. This year, as a special treat, the Marines plan to attend the SAP holiday party to meet the generous employee donors.
Out of our SAP Denver office, Grit Carson Consulting Manager, SAP Strategic Industries, is coordinating a toy drive to be held during the Denver holiday party. We are partnering with CASA to ensure all of the donations are going to a select group of children within the CASA program. “Especially at this time of the year I am reminded how very blessed I am with what I have in life. Organizing an event where I can give back to the ones who are not as fortune and bring a smile to their face makes me feel alive and truly happy.” – Grit Carson
Each year, Jay-Jay Thompson, Executive Assistant to Kevin Hester, COO of SAP Americas Strategic Industries and Volker Reinert, SVP – Value, Solutions and Industries, leads a Toys for Tots holiday drive in the Atlanta office. The initiative kicks off by having the employees bring their unwrapped toy (s) into the office. To tie it all together, they invite several Marines to the Atlanta holiday party where they collect last minute toys. The employees look forward to partnering with such a wonderful organization to help less fortunate children throughout the Atlanta area experience the joy of Christmas.
There are a variety of ways you can give back in the Bay Area. All Bay Area campuses will participate in a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank or Children’s Emergency Food Bank. The Palo Alto campus will host a Holiday Boutique where more than 15 local entrepreneurs and non-profits will sell their products, goods and wares to help with your holiday shopping. Lastly, SAP Bay Area will hold a competition where employees, as well as friends, can vote for their favorite non-profit to receive the following: 1st place = $30,000, 2nd place = $10,000, 3rd place = $4,000, 4th place = $3,000 and 5th place = $3,000. This is a unique opportunity to support our local non-profit organizations during the holidays.
These are just a few of the many CSR efforts taking place this month. Our employees are dedicated to improving people’s lives through giving back. What better time of year to give back than during the holiday season. Thank you to all of our committed leaders who help to make these initiatives successful, and thank you to all of the employees for your generous support. What a wonderful time of year!