"Giving back feels good and it’s a simple way to show gratitude for what you have"
Anna leads the employee volunteering program at Salesforce.org, where she connects Salesforce employees with local nonprofits to do good. She describes it as "truly a dream job." A local to the Bay Area, Anna grew up in Pleasanton and after graduating from UCLA, traveled to South Korea to teach English. Here she was so inspired from teaching and engaging young kids, Anna knew she wanted to pursue a career that allowed her to feel passionate every day. Learn more about Anna below, and what one thing she's committing to in making a difference in 2016.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day, we're highlighting people who do so much for others in the community. Learn more here and tell us, what is the one thing you are doing to create change this year?
What inspires you to give back?
Giving back feels good and it’s a simple way to show gratitude for what you have. One of the most transformative volunteering experiences that I ever had was at a Project Homeless Connect Community Event. Several times each year, PHC fills Bill Graham Auditorium with social service providers and invites the local homeless community. I’d never volunteered with the homeless before so I was intimidated to participate. Handup was nice enough to let me help at their booth. Everyone that I met that day was overwhelmingly kind, open, and grateful and by the end of the event I wanted to learn everything I possible could about homelessness and how I could possibly help. I felt like a world opened up to me.
What are some of your favorite things to do that make a difference in the community?
I’m so thankful to have a job where I get to plan volunteering events on a daily basis. One of Salesforce.org’s focus areas is on STEM education, and this year we’ve been working with SFUSD to bring middle school students to tour the workplace and talk to employees about their careers. I love this program because I get to work with kids again, and it’s fascinating to watch them talk with employees and learn about what careers they want to pursue when they’re older. Employees also get to share their wisdom from over the years. It’s super fun to be a part of it.
What is your one thing you’re committing to in making a difference in 2016?
I’m really inspired by the Effective Altruism movement, which uses a scientific approach to encourage people to donate to causes that make the biggest worldwide impact. This year I’d like to donate more of my income, and be more intentional about where I donate. Givewell.org has been a great resource in evaluating charities and causes worldwide.
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