In North America, SAP Concur kicked off the new quarter with our Spring into Service initiative, an annual SAP corporate social responsibility week where employees give back to their local communities.
Our SAP Concur corporate social responsibility program hosted a nationwide event across six office locations in the U.S., partnering with Reading Partners, an organization that works with local educational programs to build literacy opportunities for underserved youth. SAP Concur employees had the chance to donate books to the organization that would go to their local educational partners. Overall our employees donated almost 1,900 books to local educational programs for youth!
We also saw many employees volunteer their time and coordinate group events to make an impact in their local communities. Here are just a few impactful stories from Spring into Service week:
The SAP Concur Global Channel Marketing team in Seattle, Washington partnered with Seattle United Gospel Mission at their Hope Place facility in Columbia City. This is a 12-month residential recovery program designed to support and advocate for women and children who are caught in the cycle of abuse and addiction. SAP Concur employees helped the Hope Place program prepare dinner for that evening feeding more than 200 residents. This team was so inspired by the Hope Place program they have committed to dedicating their SAP Concur Cares Days to continue volunteering at the facility throughout the year. These "days off" are offered to each employee quarterly so they can dedicate a whole day to volunteer efforts.
In the SAP Concur Allen, Texas office employees volunteered with the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary for their second Spring into Service in a row! This year the museum hosted a plant sale fundraiser to support their educational programs. SAP Concur volunteers set up and loaded plants into customers' vehicles, helping make the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary fundraiser a great success.
The Global Operations team worked with the American Cancer Society to support their Paws for the Cause event in Kirkland, Washington. They created inspirational signs and thank you cards to encourage event participants and their dogs during the 5k walk and agility courses. It was a great event focused on raising funds for cancer research.
It was so incredible to see the effort and impact made by our employees within their local communities. Although Spring into Service may be just a week, as a purpose-driven company our focus on giving back to local communities is year-round.