Silicon Valley is home to some of the sharpest minds and most creative people in the world. This intelligence and creativity is an incredible resource for the common good. Many of our local innovators have used their intellectual capabilities to benefit our local area, thanks both to their passion for further improving the Silicon Valley and to corporate social responsibility programs, which engage in community enhancement projects to help improve the place they call home.
Not surprisingly, public sector agencies look to the cumulative talent of local visionaries to help improve service delivery, find innovative solutions to local problems, and make the government more open, available and responsive. Nonprofits may have similar goals but may not have the means to achieving them.
Very recently, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership provided a cohesive platform to bridge the gap between available talent and local need by involving interested talent and working closely together with the City of San Jose. For the past year, we have brought together the Homeless Response Team from the City of San José, local businesses, technology partners, as well as local nonprofits to address the pervasive problem of local hunger. This partnership is called Feeding Silicon Valley.
This program has inspired a diverse set of people to come together to create a pioneering, never-before-seen initiative to help the underprivileged and vulnerable members of Silicon Valley. Our virtual team consists of app developers, innovators, logistics experts, marketing and communications leaders, program managers and more.
This is not a coincidence – it is more of a cohesive and sustained effort to create meaningful impact. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can donate some of their time to ensure the current success of our projects benefitting the local community.
Contact us to get involved in this ongoing effort, which is gaining momentum everyday, and many more opportunities just like it. To learn more about getting involved as a donor, food recipient or volunteer food runner, visit Feeding Silicon Valley. To learn more about volunteering on our other projects, visit http://svtpca.org/Volunteer.
Written by Lea King, Executive Director at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.
Lea King is the Executive Director and leads the strategy and execution of Silicon Valley Talent Partnership. Lea has overall operational responsibility and is the executive interface for the community, charity organizations, businesses and the various government organizations. Prior to accepting the ED role, Lea was the Founder and Executive Director of Race2Educate, a non profit organization focusing on raising funds and awareness for the at-risk children in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lea was a 30-year veteran in the private sector and has worked for leading companies such as Cisco, AT&T and General Electric in Silicon Valley, India, China and Hong Kong.