There are three glaring issues being faced by the city of San Francisco – cleanliness, hunger, and homelessness. And thanks to the help of Salesforce’s philanthropic arm, Salesforce.org, the city’s burdens could at least be alleviated.
Salesforce.org recently announced a total of $18 million in grants to San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Larkin Street Youth Services, Hamilton Families, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Oakland Unified School District, and the San Francisco Unified School District.
A big part of the grant goes to the schools OUSD and SFUSD. The $15.5 million in grants will help support college access, newcomer support, computer science, and middle school transformation programs.
To help alleviate problems on youth homelessness and family, $500,000 each were donated to Larkin Youth Service, and Hamilton Families. This brings the total grants given to Hamilton Families to $4 million since 2016. Another $1 million is also granted to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. This food banks supports 210,000 people every year.
To ensure that residents of San Francisco will continue to have safe parks, Salesforce.org will donate $500,000 to the LetsPlaySF! Program. This is a public-private partnership composed of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The money will be used for the renovation of the 13 playgrounds scattered around the city.
The help given by Salesforce.org isn’t limited to financial funding as its employees have pledged 100,000 hours of volunteer work over the following year. They will help with all the activities around the Bay Area community.
This move was met with positive comments from the residents and the organizations that will benefit from the grants and assistance from Salesforce. This will ensure that the youth will get proper education, a home to go to, food on their table, and a safe place to play in.