Joy and magic. That’s what Kristin R., content producing manager at ServiceNow, witnessed as part of a volunteer opportunity to teach Dominican girls and women about tech and robotics—and the resulting empowerment it brought them.
At ServiceNow, we strive to fulfill our purpose together to make the world work better for everyone. We do this through numerous employee volunteer opportunities all year long, and especially during our annual Month of Service in October. Kristin had been looking for a way to give back, and Month of Service gave her the perfect opportunity to do so.
Through ServiceNow’s partnership with the Taproot Foundation, an organization that connects employees to volunteering opportunities, Kristin found Community Bots. It provides training and equipment in STEM robotics for young women and their teachers in underserved communities around the world. The organization was looking for a helper for its program in the Dominican Republic.
The organization’s mission instantly resonated with Kristin. “When I was a little girl, I was always taking things apart and putting them back together again,” she says. “And now, working in a technology company, I see how important it is to have more women in these kinds of fields to help develop products and services. They just bring different skills to the table.”
In addition to providing a way to make a difference for girls and women in tech, the Community Bots opportunity gave Kristin a chance to brush up on her Spanish.
Kristin has a passion for travel, and part of that passion is learning to speak the language in the places she visits. “It's really important to me when I travel to get immersed in the culture, be able to meet people, and have authentic conversations and relationships with them,” she says.
Watch the video to learn more about Kristin's experience with Community Bots. You’ll hear directly from some of the girls and women whose horizons have been broadened by the opportunity to explore the magic of robotics.
Kristin’s volunteering journey has built her confidence and made a difference in impressionable lives.
“I found that the girls came into the program with doubts about what they were capable of,” she explains. “The program taught them that just by trying, and even failing and trying again, they could be successful. Being on the ground with them and seeing how excited they were to learn made all the work I was doing feel so much more important, so much more consequential.”
We’re proud to encourage our employees to fulfill our purpose together, all year long. In addition to providing tools to connect employees with volunteer opportunities, we offer matches for charitable giving and volunteer hours.
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