I have been working in the Salesforce ecosystem for 10+ years, but my entire career has been dedicated to the mission of various nonprofit organizations like Special Olympics, Heart & Stroke, the SPCA, and several hospital foundations. Even during my tenure with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where we granted over $100 million to community-based charities and nonprofit organizations, I met people who were extremely passionate about their mission and the impact they could make in their community.
One of the things that I have always cherished about my experience with Cloud for Good is the continued ability to meet passionate people who are inspired by the mission they deliver, day in and day out.
A couple of Fridays ago during our weekly company check-in, we took turns sharing what we would look forward to doing when pandemic restrictions were completely lifted…
- Having a beer on a patio.
- Having dinner with friends.
- Listening to live music.
- My own children attending college and experiencing the next stage of life…independence away from home.
Over the course of the following week, I attended several calls with the ChildFund International team, and it made me realize that I had wandered from those missions that have inspired me over the years and been focused on the missions of “me” and “my family.” Yes, my family will always be my priority, but these uncertain times are leading us to a new normal, and not every family can provide the things that every child needs in order to thrive. There are communities around the world, including Canada and the US, with critical gaps between what a child has and what they need – things like clean water, nutritious food, protection from violence, loving care, a better education, and the opportunity to grow into the person they are meant to become.
Here at Cloud for Good, we have helped many organizations manage their mission more efficiently and more effectively. Organizations like the CDC Foundation, various youth development groups, and food banks that have a positive impact on our community. As employees with Cloud for Good, we have been fortunate to continue working, continue supporting our families, and have thoughtful leadership and colleagues to interact with and maintain a positive environment.
I feel fortunate that my family is safe and my children will be able to experience higher education. I am also going to intentionally remind myself of the good we enable and the impact we make every day in the missions we embrace. Being a Goodie is not just a job, we wake up every morning with the ability to make a difference in the lives of those who help others!
Let’s continue to do well while doing good in our communities and help those whose basic needs are being challenged at greater lengths during these times.