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I spend most Fridays wrapping up my work for the week and planning what to do on the weekend.

Oct 30th wasn’t just another Friday.  I met 18 cheerful SAP Silicon Valley volunteers who were super charged to give something back to the community. I had worked with few of them virtually before but never got an opportunity to meet them in person. It always helps to put a face to the name. 

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) was in great need of creating new storage and cleaning and organizing their existing storage space in Hayward, CA.  Scott & Jonny from the non-profit organization, HandsOn Bay Area helped us to put together a project for FESCO. I was privileged to coordinate this volunteering project as part of Month of Service at SAP.

Scott did a quick kickoff with the volunteers at 9:00 AM and explained what all we could do over three hours. We split into three work groups.

  • 1st group took charge of cleaning and organizing garage space and building a 4-shelf storage. 
  • 2nd group helped in cleaning and organizing inventory in two storage units.
  • 3rd group helped in moving some heavy stuff, cleaning, and organizing storage units 

FESCO was really happy to see the clean and organized spaces. We were successful in taking a big weight off their shoulders so they could focus their time on helping clients.

All of us were delighted to know that our work made a big difference to FESCO. Thank you SAP for this opportunity to relish the joy of giving back to the community.

I had read this quote a while back “sleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose”. It felt really happy to accomplish my purpose with a day of service.