April 2016 Corporate News
Spring Day of Sharing events for Altria kicked off in April in Virginia and Pennsylvania. A total of 87 volunteers were engaged to contribute over 384 hours of volunteer time. Highlights of April projects include:
- Richmond, VA – In support of the Foundation for Hospital Art, a team of 36 employees completed art kits to support hospitals in the central Virginia vicinity. The mission of the Foundation for Hospital Art is to give hope to hospital patients by providing artwork at no cost to the hospital. Altria completed artwork kits to support five hospitals.
- Royersford, PA – HandsOn Network Affiliate, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey led Altria in a Day of Sharing with Upper Schuylkill Valley Park. Volunteers built a welcome kiosk at the new entrance of the park, as well as enclosures for the protection of the donkeys, deer and red tail hawks. Other volunteers participated in a painting project to spruce up the grounds of the park. By coming out on the morning of April 16 and spending their time building these structures and sprucing up the park, Altria employees provided invaluable help and manpower that will save the small handful of park employees valuable time.
Citi employees were featured speakers at two recent ServiceWorks graduation events. Tia Hodges, Program Officer at the Citi Foundation (which supports the youth development program in partnership with Points of Light and AmeriCorps) spoke to a group of nearly 100 graduating Service Scholars from Jersey Cares in Newark. In Dallas, Vice President of Community Development Annie Lord was on hand as close to 80 Kimball High School juniors completed the ServiceWorks program through the organization Education is Freedom. The group also honored Annie with a plaque recognizing Citi’s support for ServiceWorks and its commitment to providing Dallas-area Opportunity Youth a pathway to college and career readiness.
The first Duke Energy project of 2016 in Charlotte managed by Hands On Charlotte kicked off at the NC Wildlife Federation at Squirrel Lake Park. Approximately 27 volunteers completed 67 hours of service by weeding, planting and mulching an educational plant bed featuring native shrubs and flowers. In addition, volunteers removed invasive wisteria vines from the sides of a hiking trail to make the trail more visible and protect the health of the trees along the trail.
On Saturday, April 2, 26 GE volunteers in Melbourne, FL came together to revitalize a transitional living home at the Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHSF). The transitional living home at CHSF provides a safe place for young women who have been in foster care or homeless to get back on their feet. Organized by Hands On Orlando, volunteers gave the home a fresh coat of paint and created inspirational murals that will adorn the interior walls. The volunteers’ hard work helps ensure that these young women truly feel like they are at home as they work towards self-sufficiency.
Prudential hosted two projects during the month of April in Chicago and New York. In New York, 40 Volunteers created military kits for active servicemen and women serving overseas as well as assembled 330 snack kits, to be donated to Operation Jersey Cares. Operation Jersey Care’s mission is to ensure no soldier goes forgotten, and projects like these truly help them reach their goals.
UPS hosted a global meeting for its Sales Executives in Atlanta, which included a volunteer competition to end a day of meetings. Approximately, 47 UPS volunteers from around the world packed 500 literacy and hygiene kits for elementary school students at Title 1 schools in the city of Atlanta. Each student will receive a paperback book, flashcards and toiletries in a brand new UPS backpack. Although this service event was a competition, the winning team at UPS stated that “the real winners were the children receiving the kits.”
For more information about any of these events, or to find out how you can get involved with Points of Light, please contact Madeline Eaton ([email protected] or 404-979-2926).