Habitat + Salesforce = Fun for All
By: Kaia Ita, Fundraising & Corporate Relations Manager, Habitat for Humanity GB Homes
Habitat for Humanity GB Homes has partnered with Salesforce and Salesforce.org for over three years and in that time hosted 48 volunteers over four projects, contributing 360 volunteer hours. This year we wanted to go bigger – so, as apart of a global community initiative with Habitat for Humanity, employees from the Salesforce office in London helped to make CCAP a safer space for the children to play. Habitat for Humanity Homes’s (HFHH) much-loved partner, Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground (CCAP) offers respite for parents by providing a fun and safe space for disabled children and their siblings to play.
“It was great to give teams and individuals the opportunity to take part in multiple volunteering events at the same site over the six week period,” said Alastair Higginbottom, Programs Manager, Salesforce.org. “In total, 690 hours were volunteered over 12 shifts – a large investment of time and resources but a great experience for all of the volunteers involved. Thank you Habitat for Humanity for allowing us to be part of this incredible initiative.”
During one of the last volunteering days, I had the chance to meet a lovely team of Salesforce ladies who worked with our site supervisors Keith and Jason to finish off some last-minute touches to the tango swing. They also mixed and poured the concrete for the swing structure. I was more than impressed by the team’s willingness to get stuck in and work together to help get the job done, and they did so with smiles on their faces.
Without the support of partners like Salesforce, CCAP would struggle to provide safe, accessible and exciting spaces for the 500 children who regularly attend the centre, and their families who benefit from knowing their children are safe whilst they are at CCAP.
“Thank you to Salesforce for your hard work and commitment to supporting Habitat for Humanity Homes and Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground. Your significant support and efforts towards the project, has made the playground safe and some of the structures useable again. We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership with you, helping to create safe, stable community spaces in the community.” Gareth Hepworth, HfH Homes CEO.
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