sf.citi 2019: A YEAR OF COMMUNITY BUILDING
After a year packed full of sf.citi advocacy, community engagement, and tech-focused events, it’s hard to believe 2019 is coming to a close. To help you reminisce on some of the year’s brightest moments, we are pleased to present sf.citi’s 2019 Annual Report.
Throughout 2019, sf.citi and our members demonstrated our commitment to the San Francisco community by working with local leaders on some of the City’s most pressing issues. In light of the housing crisis, sf.citi members contributed over $2 billion to Bay Area housing initiatives. We collaborated with Board President Yee on San Francisco’s first-of-its-kind Office of Emerging Technology. And we supported numerous workforce development efforts, including Mayor Breed’s Opportunities for All internship program, to ensure that the City’s tech industry is accessible to all.
More sf.citi highlights from 2019:
- We launched SF Politics 101, an in-depth guide to San Francisco government for sf.citi members. It can also be purchased by non-members on the sf.citi store.
- sf.citi members reached new heights in giving back to the community. Our corporate volunteer program, Circle the Schools, surpassed $1 million in resources donated to local schools. sf.citi members also showed their support for Mayor Breed’s Opportunities for All internship initiative—both by taking on summer interns and contributing over $900,000 to the program.
- To date, we have hosted over 3,500 attendees and 67 speakers across 16 events.
TECH TAKES ACTION ON YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
On December 13, tech workers from all over the Bay Area volunteered at One City Gives, a holiday day of action hosted by sf.citi and Larkin Street Youth Services to serve our City’s young people experiencing homelessness.
Over one thousand young people do not have a place to call “home” on any given night in San Francisco. Sleeping in cars, couches, or abandoned buildings, these young people—usually between the ages of 18 and 24—belong to a largely invisible homeless population. Furthermore, young people are often overlooked when it comes to homelessness spending and services. As explained in an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Examiner, sf.citi hoped to bridge this gap in service by partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services—San Francisco’s largest provider of youth homelessness services—for this year’s One City Gives event.
We had close to a 100 volunteers from sf.citi member companies turn out for One City Gives. Gathering at Zendesk, we assembled holiday kits filled with socks, underwear, gloves, beanies, shirts, and journals. After gift-wrapping the kits and crafting handwritten holiday cards, volunteers delivered the completed kits to Larkin Street’s main center in the Tenderloin to be distributed among 300 young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Thanks to the generosity of Cruise, Okta, Postmates, Waymo, and Zendesk, sf.citi raised over $30,000 in donations for the one-day One City Gives event and the young people served by Larkin Street.
MEMBERS RECEPTION WITH MAYOR BREED
There’s no better way to close out the year than celebrating with our members and our City’s Mayor at the Annual sf.citi Holiday Members Reception.
Every year, sf.citi organizes a Holiday Members Reception to commemorate all of the people who make our work possible, including our Board of Directors, our nonprofit partners, and, of course, our fabulous members. Hosted at Facebook, this year’s reception was full of holiday cheer, delicious food, and good company.
We were honored to welcome Mayor London Breed at our end-of-year members reception for the second year in a row. She called upon sf.citi members to encourage their workforce to vote in local elections and continue “moving the City forward.” Mayor Breed also underscored the need to build more housing in San Francisco so that people of all backgrounds can live in the City. Already a priority for sf.citi and our members, we certainly look forward to collaborating with the Mayor to make more housing happen.
DID YOU KNOW?
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BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Google will provide $750,000 in help to reduce San Francisco’s housing woes (San Francisco Business Times)
- Waymo celebrates first year of self-driving taxi service (Smart Cities Dive)
- Old Navy enlists Postmates to speed up online holiday deliveries (San Francisco Business Times)