By William Hill, National AIDS Memorial Grove Board Member and Steve Sagaser, Staff
Levi Strauss’ Annual Community Day at the Grove
On May 7th, nearly 100 Levi Strauss employees commemorated Levi’s annual Community Day by volunteering at the Grove. The partnership between the Grove and Levi’s is an example of a shared commitment to community that extends far beyond traditional vehicles of support. Since the first pair of Levi’s jeans was made over 140 years ago, the company has always been a trailblazer. The Levi’s brand has understood that its brand loyalty is more than a pair of jeans, and is cemented through shared values with its stakeholders. Mr. Levi Strauss himself left a lasting legacy of commitment to community, a legacy that Levi’s employees continue to honor both in San Francisco and in other communities where Levi’s does business.
The relationship between the Grove and the Levi’s brand extends more than 20 years and has been deepened by our shared values. Since the first group of Levi’s employees showed up at a Grove workday in 1999, hundreds have followed, dedicating more than 6,000 volunteer hours toward transforming the landscape of the Memorial. Both the Grove and Levi’s were founded in San Francisco and our values come from the same rich soil. The Levi’s brand has embraced the spirit of San Francisco by dedicating thousands of dollars and employee volunteer hours to help support the Grove’s mission. Levi’s employees continue to help beautify many of our city’s special park spaces year-after-year, with the National AIDS Memorial Grove being one of their favorites!
Blue Shield of California Day of Service at the Grove
On Thursday, May 28th, members of Blue Shield of California’s Shield Pride (for LGBT) and the Black Employee Network gathered at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park to volunteer together. The goal was to bring together two of Blue Shield’s newest employee resource groups to build relationships and serve the community. This was the first time Blue Shield has worked with the Memorial Grove to host its very own day of service.
More than 50 Blue Shield employees arrived at Golden Gate Park to trim ferns, remove invasive species, and dig holes for new lighting. The teams even planted a tree to commemorate people of color who have been lost to HIV & AIDS.