You may have heard the saying “give and get” in reference to the promise of a nonprofit board member giving and getting financial support for the mission. However, what most volunteers and donors inherently know is that after giving to something in which they believe, they are the ones who actually “get” more. A growing body of research backs this up, showing that giving makes us happy.
Those who give of their time, talents and treasure understand Mahatma Gandhi’s statement that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Knowing who you are and what is important to you, and to others, makes you happy, healthy and grateful.
SVdP is grateful to all our community supporters who know that giving is good for the soul. We are blessed by a multitude of community giving:
Genentech Gives Back Week, now in its fifth year, is a company-wide initiative that raises money for charity and encourages employees to volunteer with local and national non-profits. Gives Back Week is an especially meaningful time of year, giving employees a chance to reconnect with colleagues in the spirit of giving and helps make a real and positive change in our communities. SVdP hosted volunteers this year as we have for many years – thank you Genentech for your support of our mission, helping the forgotten, suffering or deprived in our midst.
In June a group of Googlers volunteered at SVdP. Googlers are encouraged to give back to charitable organizations that they love. Googlers volunteer year-round and celebrate volunteering collectively every June during GoogleServe, a week of volunteer service. Thank you GoogleServe and all the Googlers who volunteered at SVdP, helping your neighbors in need!
Sensiba San Filippo LLP, a CPA and business consulting firm, held their ninth annual All Hands Day on June 20th. Sensiba San Filippo LLP closed its doors for the day to volunteer in the community and this year the firm traded spreadsheets for work gloves helping SVdP sort and process community donations to better help those we serve.
“Meaningful community involvement is a core value at Sensiba San Filippo,” said Managing Partner, John Sensiba. “We look forward to this day each year and are committed to finding ways to better our Bay Area communities and ensure their continued success.”
Grocery Outlet in South San Francisco named SVdP the beneficiary of their Independence from Hunger Campaign this year. During the month of July, they and their customers gladly and generously support SVdP and help their community. We are truly grateful to Grocery Outlet for their support as this is the second time SVdP has been part of their campaign and year round they give in-kind donations to SVdP’s Homeless Help Center.
The list goes on….NetSuite is currently hosting a clothing and shoe drive. The Elks Club in San Mateo did the same over 4th of July weekend along with donating during the holidays to SVdP’s Homeless Help Center. All year long SVdP is supported by Walgreens with in kind donations given as needed along with distributing free flu shots to our clients.
Strong community support is integral to the success and impact of our mission. SVdP would not be able to offer care, compassion, love and hope without person to person involvement. St. Francis of Assisi reminded us, “that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given.” Thank you to all our benefactors, volunteers and community supporters who truly know that to give is to get.