It’s year six and there’s still no stopping the Traction Bandits! The group of 15 from Traction on Demand are travelling from Vancouver to San Francisco in time for Dreamforce, Salesforce’s mega-conference, which starts on September 24. During the Bandit Tour, they will share their technological expertise with nonprofits and engage in Bandit Acts of Kindness.
The Bandit Tour, inspired by the seventies film Smokey and the Bandit, is an initiative of Traction for Good (T4G), Traction on Demand’s community engagement program. With the recent passing of the original bandit, we’ve been thinking about what inspired the Bandit Tour in the first place. What is the essence of the Bandit Tour? Do good. Have fun. It’s as simple as that. The Bandits will meet with the nonprofits in a mobile office (a ’73 converted Airstream trailer) and address the challenges they are having on the Salesforce platform.
“We say we’re not a company; we’re a community. Communities are built by people helping each other. We can help by giving what we’re good at, and what we’re really good at is Salesforce. It’s a chance for us to support the organizations that are making a difference in the world in a way that is engaging for them and fun for us,” says Michelle Malpass, Director of Community Performance and one of the original Traction Bandits.
The 2018 Nonprofit Lineup
September 18, Vancouver: Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, BC Wheelchair Sports Association
September 19, Vancouver: Rick Hansen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, David Suzuki Foundation, ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, Living Systems Counselling and Training, Down Syndrome Research Foundation
September 20, Seattle: New Beginnings, Teen Feed, International Living Future Institute
September 21, Portland: International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
September 24, San Francisco: Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Bandit Acts of Kindness
Since the tour’s inception, 106 Bandits have travelled to 18 cities and towns in Canada and the U.S. to support 51 nonprofits. Traction for Good (T4G) also supports the nonprofit community throughout the year with service grants and donations. T4G has recently surpassed the one million dollar mark for grants to help nonprofits increase capacity and $200,000 in donations to causes that are close to Tractionite hearts.
Want us to pop into your town next year? Learn more about the Bandit Tour.