Making preserves for a good cause IT employees help village for children and youth

Making preserves and building a new garden path? That sounds more like work for the weekend. But, in October 2015, IT employees did just that for a good cause. They supported a children's and youth village in the Bodensee area.

An IT department of Daimler opted for a social project in a village for children and youth as a team development activity. For an entire day, eleven employees helped out either in the kitchen or in the garden.

While the first day of the team meeting was used for discussion of professional issues and work topics only, the second day was dedicated entirely to social commitment.

The team chose the Pestalozzi-Kinder- und Jugenddorf Wahlwies e.V. (Pestalozzi Children's and Youth Village Wahlwies Association) as the location because of its close proximity to the meeting site. The facility houses about 120 children and youth who were taken from their birth families by the welfare department or were already without parents. There is also a school for educational support and nine apprenticeship businesses. Unaccompanied under-aged refugees have also been housed and supported there for some time.

The Daimler employees cooked fruit preserves along with the housekeeping staff. Housekeeping is one of the nine apprenticeship businesses. The youth produce large quantities of the spread. The filled glass jars can be bought in the Kinder- und Jugenddorf shop.

While this was going on, the second group built a stone path in the children's village. The six employees placed stone after stone on the outdoor grounds. They also planted a Mercedes star at the foot of a tree using flower bulbs. The tulips that will later sprout leave a permanent footprint and a memento of the day.

"Our team had a lot of fun during the day in the village for children and youth. We had a chance to show our best team effort outside the offices of the IT world. Hopefully we helped show the young people that it is worthwhile becoming involved in their own professional development", recapped Katrin Bauer, IT employee in volume planning at Daimler, in speaking about the day.

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