Habitat Blog

Building Community with Salesforce

Written by: Saffron, Habitat Student AmbassadorOn Thursday, June 14th, a group of Salesforce employees came out to the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco to volunteer and help build playhouses with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.



Over a dozen Salesforce employees took full advantage of their company's volunteer program, "Volunteer Time Off" (VTO), which offers employees 10 paid work days to volunteer. 
According to Julia, a User Experience Designer at Salesforce, “The VTO program heavily promotes volunteering as part of our culture.”



After three hours of construction and team work, our fantastic volunteers built and painted two playhouses! Like all completed playhouses in our Playhouse Program, we will donate them to local Habitat families, veteran and active duty military personnel families, or other local nonprofits serving children in need.



Let’s meet some folks from the site!



Oran is a Field Supervisor for Habitat Great San Francisco’s Neighborhood Revitalization program. He has been primarily focusing on critical home repairs for the past six months. He got involved in Habitat because he’d done a lot of similar work for four years and wanted to serve the community with his expertise, especially to a population that he otherwise could not reach as a freelancer.

“A lot of the work I previously did felt a little meaningless and empty in a way, so to be able to make a living by serving people who are in marginalized communities and underserved populations is kind of a dream come true.”



Ming is a Designer at Salesforce and initiated Salesforce’s participation in this volunteer event. She enjoys learning how to build homes because she recently purchased her own home and has a lot to work on.

What brought you out to volunteer today?

“At Salesforce, we sponsor seven VTO days a year for every employee, so we encourage our employees to volunteer for this really good organization. We’re tech people so we have a lot of resources compared to people who may be a little more underprivileged, so we like to help them and give back!”



Paula is a User Experience Designer at Salesforce. She lives in Oakland and in her free time, she explores the Bay Area by going on neighborhood hikes and enjoying the culture, food, and museums.

What brought you out to volunteer today?

“I've always heard great things about Habitat for Humanity, so I’m happy to support the Playhouse Program. I started working at Salesforce and they encourage employees to give part of their time volunteering in the community, so that's one thing I was really excited to do. Also, my colleague organized this event so I was happy to participate.”




Cameron is a User Experience Designer at Salesforce, where she has worked for a couple years. In her free time, Cameron has been learning how to garden because she recently inherited a well-tended garden from the previous owners of her house.

What does it mean to you to give back to your community?

“For me, being here is about gratitude and appreciation for the places we’re from, helping each other out, and learning more about the the people of the city and our community.”


Thank you to the team from Salesforce for coming out and volunteering with us!


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