Salesforce is well known for its 1-1-1 model, which asks individuals or companies to pledge 1% of their product, equity, and time toward integrating philanthropy into their business. At Jitterbit, we’ve taken the pledge ourselves, and made it a priority to give back to the community in meaningful ways. Whether we’re riding Tour de Cure to benefit diabetes research or training for another Waves to Wine to fund a cure for multiple sclerosis (we’re on team Salesforce & Friends again this year!), we aim to support our community as much as we can.
Giving Back at Dreamforce
This year at Dreamforce will be no different. In fact, at Dreamforce 2015, we’re actually connecting everyone with the chance to give back, with almost no effort. Just come visit us at booths #1733 and #1735 to receive a Jitterbit “Get Connected” pin (pictured above) that comes with the chance to tap into the spirit of giving. For every pin that’s worn at Dreamforce, Jitterbit will donate $1 to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. That means you’ll be able to look cool and give back too.
The Chance to Give Right Now
Dreamforce is coming up fast, but there’s an important philanthropic event this coming weekend that we want to highlight as well. In addition to the causes mentioned, many members of the Jitterbit team have been closely involved with The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF), which runs Camp Arroyo in Livermore for children with a variety of life-threatening and chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities, as well as at-risk youth. Over 4000 children each summer attend Camp Arroyo completely free of charge thanks to TTFF, and Camp Arroryo is a place where kids can connect with and be surrounded by kids like them. In one camper’s words, “You’re not the odd one out anymore, you’re the odd one in.”
While Camp Arroyo is a major focus of TTFF, the organization also helps in other ways. Because chronic conditions often create financial hardships for families, TTFF organizes ways to provide much-needed supplies for kids. For example, local firefighters recently partnered with Kohl’s to get all the campers new shoes, something that many kids take for granted. Even little things, like gas cards to fund frequent trips to the hospital, can make a huge difference to families.
Our CEO George Gallegos and his wife Vicki Gallegos are actively involved with the Taylor Family Foundation, and Vicki recently told us about her wonderful experience hand-delivering an iPad gift to one camper who was stuck in the hospital. This particular kid had a brand new baby sister he hadn’t been able to meet yet because he was hospitalized, so he used his new iPad to FaceTime with his new baby sister – and play her a ukulele song he’d written himself. (We’ll excuse you if there are tears coming to your eyes right now.)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Camp Arroyo, and this coming Sunday is Day in the Park, The Taylor Family Foundation’s major fundraiser. If you can attend Day in the Park, the foundation (and Jitterbit!) would love to see you there. If you can’t, please consider donating, or volunteering even 1% of your time. It will mean a lot to the kids and their families, and to us. Join us in giving back!