We all know that Salesforce MVPs give a lot back to the Salesforce Community through answering questions, writing blog posts, running user groups and training sessions, and even creating video training guides. And we discussed in an earlier post why MVPs do all these things, “MVPs are just a little more passionate…and we feel driven by a sense of accomplishment from knowing we have helped someone…” It’s a classic case of paying it forward. In this post we feature a few MVPs and the causes they support outside of the Salesforce Community.
Let’s look at a few of the causes that Salesforce MVPs support.
Feed those kids!
Helping the local parent councils manage lunch time for school kids has been a passion of Salesforce MVP Nik Panter’s for a few years. Nik has been working with both the Ottawa Carleton District School Board as well as the Trillium Elementary School Parent Council to build out a lunch order and delivery application, and as you might expect, he built this on the Salesforce Platform. The students go online at school to place their orders. The system captures the data, ensures that the orders are placed and verified on the specific day, and tracks the delivery to the school and students. Nik says he loves that they can track all the data and see how orders trend over time. You can find Nik on Twitter.
What’s the Buzz?
Salesforce MVP, Samuel De Rycke, from Brussels, Belgium, spends about eight hours a week helping to bring awareness and sensitivity to the general public around the study and protection of native bees and wasps. He volunteers with Natuurpunt, Belgium’s largest nature conservation NGO. Within Natuurpunt his group tries to inform the public on how they can help protect native bees in their own gardens, offers the means and guidance to people who want to learn more and get to know the specific species and ecology, as well as the collection of data on the presence of native bees and potential threats to the survival of the species. Samuel helps out by organizing board meetings, serving as a guide on excursions for the public as well as for more specialized activities such as taking inventory of bees. He also promotes the group at nature conferences, maintains the Facebook page, newsletter channels and takes care of the organizations financials. You can find Samuel on Twitter.
Giving back…in more ways than one!
Salesforce MVP & Managing Partner of Red Argyle was recently voted onto the Executive Committee of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York as their second Vice President. He has been serving as a volunteer leader at the Food Bank since 2014, and says that getting involved with that organization was one of the best decisions he has made in the past few years. The organization delivered thirty five million pounds of food in 2015 to help needy families in 23 counties, and that a large percentage of that directly helped children. One of the gems of this organization is the “Backpack Program” where they identify students facing food insecurity at home and send them hone with a backpack of nutritious food every Friday so they don’t come to hungry on Mondays. With his recent appointment as 2nd VP, he will be responsible for contract negotiation, performance reviews of staff members, and overseeing some of the bigger projects such as an office and dock expansion and installation of 800KW solar power generation.
Garry didn’t start giving back there, though. Philanthropy has been a part of him and in the DNA of Red Argyle since the company started in 2010. Red Argyle is a Pledge 1% company. One percent of the Red Argyle’s top line revenue goes straight to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. That’s why Garry and his team work so hard…not only to help their clients do more, but so that they can give back and help more people avoid going hungry. You can find Garry on Twitter.
Helping children – we’ve got that covered.
This was the first year for Southeast Dreamin’, a regional, Salesforce community led event, held in Atlanta on March 9th and 10th, 2016, but being new didn’t stop the organizers from including philanthropy on the schedule. They chose to support Project Linus, an organization that helps to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. They have delivered over 5,850,000 blankets since 1995. Attendees of Southeast Dreamin’ had the opportunity to help make blankets as well as donate money toward Project Linus, and together they raised $740 and five blankets. Learn more about Project Linus here, and follow them on Twitter.