Help me give back to those workers and their families who help keep our offices and communities running smoothly!

This year for the holidays, I'm raising money for a cause that's very close to my heart. For the past year and a half, I've met weekly with Guadalupe, who works at Google as a janitor on the 8pm - 4am nightshift. Although Lupe moved to California from her native Mexico several decades ago, her daily work and home interaction is all in Spanish, and she struggles to communicate as well as she would like in English. During our weekly meeting, Lupe and I practice English conversation by catching up on the week's events and exchanging stories about family and friends. She tells me about how to cook her favorite Mexican dishes, and I tell her about my sister's recent wedding. We practice pronunciation and grammar, and play games to review body parts and verbs. Lupe also takes advantage of group English and computer classes. She has told me that she feels like her English has improved so much the past year, and she has newfound confidence when chatting with Google employees, her doctor, and her grandchildrens' teacher in English. It's amazing to see her face light up when she learns a new grammar concept or recognizes a word in the newspaper that we learned the week before. Lupe is hardworking, smart and dedicated. Recently, when she was on medical leave after knee surgery, she was able to access her daughter's phone so that we could continue our weekly meeting via a Google+ hangout. She's never missed a class.

All of this is possible because of the great work of Building Skills Parternship (BSP). BSP, the only program of its kind at Google, meets many needs in our community. By providing volunteer opportunities for Googlers right where they work, it makes service easy and fun. And by offering vital English language and computer classes to Google's janitors at their place of work, it reduces common barriers to education access, like transportation and cost. Perhaps equally importantly, BSP creates meaningful relationships and friendships between two groups that work side-by-side at Google, but that often have minimal interaction.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the amazing work of BSP, and to positively impact Guadalupe and her fellow classmates!

P.S. BSP has gotten some great local press coverage for their work. Check out recent articles in the San Jose Mercury & San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mike-cassidy/ci_21803861/cassidy-google-tutors-and-silicon-valley-janitors-build

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Google-staffers-janitors-pair-up-for-ESL-4016806.php

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