Helping the Homeless in Barcelona

Gartner’s Digital Markets associates donate time & skills to bring hope to the homeless

getapp-clothes-donation-2-300pxIn an ongoing effort to help charities in the communities where we live and work, the Digital Markets team based in Barcelona is helping Can Salaam collect clothing and donations for the homeless.

Can Salaam, which translates to “House of Peace” in Catalan and Arabic, was established locally in 2000 by founder Wolfgang Striebinger, providing food and clothing from its charity shop and kitchen located in Barcelona’s multicultural Raval neighbourhood. The charity provides 120 meals daily, along with a shower facility and fresh clothing options for those needing a chance to clean up.

Since last year, the Digital Markets team has been helping Can Salaam by collecting donations, organizing clothing drives and utilizing the technology experience they’ve honed at GetApp to  set up a new website and social media profiles that showcase the organization’s work and offer an online donation portal.

“It’s a locally run organization with very little resources, especially for things like setting up a website. We’ve got tremendous tech know-how and, we thought, what better way to help than by doing what we do best? Leveraging the skills and knowledge of the team seemed like a natural way for us to help,” said Thibaut de Lataillade, Managing VP, GetApp in Digital Markets.

A mix of writers, developers and designers have volunteered their time to help launch a new website for Can Salaam, as well as set-up an online donation portal to make it easier for the organization to receive donations. “Because the organization runs on donations, setting up an online portal was really important to help give more online visibility and opportunity for people to donate and see how far that donation actually goes,” said Thibaut.

The team has also held three clothing drives, as well as raised money to buy winter “kits” that included sleeping bags, roll-out mats, a tumbler and a backpack.

“It’s great to see people coming together from various departments to work together to make a positive impact in the community where we live and work. Everyone was really excited about the opportunity to use their skills to do something helpful for a local organization, and we’re excited to continue working with Can Salaam,” said Thibaut.

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