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September has arrived, and that means Month of service is right around the corner. Starting October 1st, thousands of employees across the region and beyond will begin volunteering in their local communities, working to support and further a number of different causes.

 

This year will mark our 12th anniversary of this incredible tradition.

 

What an achievement that is: 12 years of dedicating an entire month to giving back to our local communities, of employees donating their time and talents to causes especially dear to them and of SAP making a positive difference. Last year alone, more than 7,000 employees in North America impacted more than 500,000 lives!

 

It’s initiatives like Month of Service that make me proud to work for SAP. The benefits of volunteering are far reaching. Volunteering brings you closer to your community, embraces differences, builds bonds, helps develop new skills, and, at its best, inspires.

 

Take an event that recently occurred at our Newtown Square office. 40 soon-to-be college students from our nonprofit partner Chester County Futures (CCF) spent the day at SAP participating in a “college boot camp,” learning tips and tricks for how to succeed in college.

 

The boot camp was put together by three amazing colleagues— Michael Cieri, Melissa Rittenhouse, and Nina Kelley—who had just completed a six-week Local Social Sabbatical program with CCF, and it served a very specific and important purpose: Almost all of the students who visited will be the first ones in their families to go to college.

 

 

I can’t help but feel proud when I think about how SAP has been able to impact these students in a positive way, and that, through our corporate giving programs and volunteerism, we impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year.

 

This to me is what Month of Service is about: not just doing our part, but truly making a difference.

 

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