It’s one of those perfectly warm winter weeks in SF, and we hope you’re enjoying it to the fullest. Here at sf.citi, the higher temps haven’t stopped us from some cool events and updates. In today’s newsletter we’re highlighting sf.citi member company Salesforce’s partnership with Visitacion Valley Middle School, we’re celebrating sf.citi affiliates who won big at the Crunchies, and we’re sharing our new and improved membership levels and benefits. Bringing greater value to our members is a top priority for sf.citi in 2016 and we hope you’ll join us.
Circle the Schools: Salesforce Donates 237 Laptops to Students
As part of its larger commitment to San Francisco schools, Salesforce has circled a whopping 20 schools, including Visitacion Valley Middle School. A team of Salesforce volunteers visit the school monthly to roll up their sleeves and help with anything school staff needs, from cleaning and painting to tutoring students.
Recently we joined the Salesforce Tech and Product team, led by co-founder Parker Harris, at Visitacion Valley Middle, where they donated 237 laptops to students. Volunteers worked with students and families to help them set up their new computers and access their email and school-loop accounts. We were amazed to see 606 students and family members come out on a Saturday to participate. “I have been a teacher here for over 10 years and I have never seen so many parents come to an event!” remarked Science teacher Ben Corey.
Kudos to Salesforce for helping bridge the digital divide in San Francisco by providing students with the tools they need to succeed in school and pursue careers in technology.
sf.citi Wins Big at the Crunchies
This past Monday, sf.citi member companies won big at the 9th Annual Crunchies awards. A member of our Board, Kimberly Bryant, won this year’s first Include Diversity Award for her work at Black Girls Code. Kimberly founded the organization in February 2011 to meet the needs of young women of color who are severely underrepresented in the industry, and has worked tirelessly since then to bring free coding classes to communities across the country.
Another big winner was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who won CEO of the Year. Facebook has been a contributing member company of sf.citi since our founding in 2012, and we congratulate Mark on this much deserved accolade.
See the full list of winners from the Crunchies here, and again congratulations to Kimberly and Mark!
New Member Benefits
Bringing value to our members is a top priority for sf.citi in 2016. On that note we are launching new and improved membership levels and benefits. This year, paying member companies will receive discounted or free access to sf.citi events for all their employees, as well as members-exclusive updates about important happenings in San Francisco. Silver-level members and above are invited to participate in an annual briefing and conversation with city leaders. Our Platinum and Gold-level members enjoy even greater access to shape sf.citi’s agenda by joining our Board of Directors.
Is your company a paying member of sf.citi? Join today! Our newsletter is just the tip of the iceberg…