The International Humanitarian Service Trip to Guatemala (June 2016)
Softengine Supports Mission and Its Customers Contribute to the Cause.
Softengine (www.softengine.com) customer service manager David Glickman is a man on a mission. In addition to his responsibilities at Softengine, Glickman serves on the board of trustees at Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California, where he pursues his passion of helping underserved communities far and wide with a focus on social justice. His ongoing outreach activities include working with food pantries, homeless shelters, the AIDS walk, Jewish World Watch – an organization dedicated to ending genocide, and Habitat for Humanity.
David Glickman has just returned from Guatemala, where he participated in his second International Humanitarian Service Trip to San Antonio Aguas Calientes – a project forged through a partnership between Temple Beth Or and a non-profit organization, Nueva Generación, (www.nuevagen.org), both of Raleigh, North Carolina.
[quote]According to Glickman, “It was so uplifting and gratifying to walk through the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes and notice the impact of our efforts from our previous mission in December 2014 (details later in this story). Strolling the cobblestone streets around the village square and meandering the hillside rows of houses and business, we were greeted warmly by those we had met before and by total strangers alike.”[/quote]
One of the most critical objectives of this mission, similar to the previous visit, was to build a new home for a family that had been living in conditions that most of us would find challenging – no plumbing, no electricity, no running water and no windows. The beneficiaries of this project were the Lopez family, who worked right alongside Glickman and his crew every step of the way.
Softengine Customers Lend Their Support to the Mission
In his role as the customer service manager at Softengine, Glickman shared with his customers about his upcoming humanitarian mission. Several customers responded by making financial and in-kind donations to the project, including:
- Quest Nutrition (www.questnutrition.com) donated hundreds of its high-protein bars. Quest’s mission is to transform global health, eliminate obesity and minimize the negative impact of diabetes. GNC, an international leader and pioneer in nutrition, honored Quest with an award of Protein Bar of the Year in 2012.
- Insect Lore (www.insectlore.com) sent small toys for the kids in the village. Founded in 1969, Insect Lore specializes in innovative educational products for young learners. The company’s goal is to give children a friendly, hands-on introduction to insect metamorphosis, entomology and life-cycle learning.
- KAVIO! (www.kavio.com) supplied t-shirts for all the volunteers on this mission. Kavio! is a manufacturer and distributor of basic to fashion apparel for the printing, decorating and promotional markets. Kavio! is also a dedicated supporter of local schools, neighborhoods and non-profit organizations.
- Caesar’s Professional Products (www.facebook.com/cppbeauty/timeline) sent shampoo and hair gel. Caesar’s Professional Products is a wholesaler of cosmetics and beauty supplies and was one of Softengine’s earliest adaptors of SAP Business One in the Cloud.
Softengine – A Business with Heart and Compassion
It’s not often that an employer is willing to get behind a key employee taking time off to undertake a humanitarian mission, but Softengine is no ordinary company. “In Judaism, the Hebrew word for loving kindness is ‘chesed’ and being a man of faith, I am grateful to have the ability to make a difference,” said Glickman. “It’s really comforting to know that Softengine is once again in solidarity with my desire to make a difference in a community where people are burdened with the oppressive weight of chronic poverty, malnourishment and a lack of education and income-generating opportunities,” said Glickman. “I really appreciate that our CEO, Joseph Lasman, is not only affording me the time off to pursue this mission, he has authorized Softengine to make a financial contribution to help fund the project.”
[quote]“Softengine is much more than a successful SAP Gold Partner with a reputation for implementing customized ERP solutions,” continued Glickman. “This is a company that believes in social outreach and is steadfastly committed to giving back to the community. A great example of Softengine’s ongoing dedication to social responsibility is documented in the SAP Business One success story on Edesia (www.softengine.com/edesia-global-nutrition/), a non-profit manufacturer of nutrient-rich, Ready-to-Use foods (RUFs), designed to treat and prevent childhood malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. Suffice it to say, Softengine’s mission and my mission are very much in alignment and I am honored to work there.”[/quote]
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