Normally, the Corporate Audit team checks for compliance with rules and regulations in the Daimler Group. However, in June 2015 the team traded keyboard and mouse for spade and hammer and worked up quite a sweat laboring on the renovation projects at the SOS Kinderdorf in Schorndorf. Divided into three teams, the colleagues restored the safety of the slide tower fall protection and the climbing equipment, did garden work and replaced the old benches in the atrium with new ones. "It was high time," reckons Rolf Huttelmaier, Department Manager in Schorndorf. "Last week, a visitor broke through the rotten wood of one of the benches."
After a brief welcome with breakfast and a guided tour of the SOS Kinderdorf, the team began to pull weeds, shovel bark mulch, swing hammers and tow wood. "We do have spades, lawn mowers and power drills, but these kinds of jobs just require a lot of helping hands. When we got the offer to organize the Social Responsibility Day here at the SOS Kinderdorf, I immediately knew: We'll do it," Huttelmaier says enthusiastically.
However, one of the objectives of the activity also was team building. Robin Riedel thinks it's a fantastic idea to combine the team event with a meaningful project: "Everybody is motivated and relaxed, you get to know each other even better and talk about private matters for a change."
It was not the first time the "Business Administration CA40" team went into action: Last year, the team renovated a public forest cottage in Degerloch. "We value sustainability in what we do: We want to leave something meaningful behind and regularly want to help where help is needed. It is nice to see what impact even small gestures have. After the thoroughly positive feedback on our activity last year, we knew for sure that we also wanted to make a difference with our team event this year," says Michael Geisinger, who helped renovate the climbing equipment.
The 30 colleagues worked till the early evening hours and in doing so also attracted the attention of some of the residents of the children's village who could not be dissuaded from pitching in themselves at the end. "We had several areas that needed work here in the village. It is a great feeling for us to know that these areas are now all right again," a delighted Huttelmaier says when he sees the results.
A barbecue for everyone at the children's village including the hardworking helpers was organized to end the day. Even though they were somewhat exhausted at the end of this long workday of a very different kind, they all knew for sure: The CA40 team will pitch in again next year where help is needed.
The German SOS-Kinderdorf-Verein (Children's Village Association) has been committed to the welfare of children, youths and families in Germany and worldwide since 1955. What began with the founding of the association in Munich, has grown into a comprehensive network of offerings in the areas of children's aid, youth care and family support. The majority of children who become part of an SOS Kinderdorf family are kids the youth welfare office deems unable to return to their own family in the medium or long term. Together with the particular Kinderdorf mothers or Kinderdorf fathers, the children live in family homes that together form an SOS Kinderdorf. In this way, the children and youths are supposed to be provided with a familiar environment and a lively community.
We want to leave something meaningful behind and regularly want to help where help is needed. It is nice to see what impact even small gestures have.