August 2016 Corporate News
Several employees from Citi were present in Houston as ServiceWorks held a Skill-Building Bootcamp for area youth on August 5th, 2016. In conjunction with the White House Summer Opportunity Project and the Houston Mayor’s Education Office, the event gave 60 young people a full-day of learning critical 21st century workplace soft skills and participated in powerful discussion around issues related to inequality. ServiceWorks is part of Citi’s Pathways to Progress initiative to empower opportunity youth by using volunteer service as a way for them to obtain the skills and resources needed to achieve college and career success. Speaking to the group about the importance of that work was Citi’s Vice Chair for Global Energy, Jim Reilly, who told the 16-to-24 year-olds “ServiceWorks was designed to inspire young people to become agents of change in their own communities while also developing their professional and career goals.” Other Citi employees from Citi were on hand throughout the day participating in several breakout sessions on conflict resolution and project management with the “Service Scholars.”
To read more about the special ServiceWorks Bootcamp in Houston, click here.
PIMCO, Hong Kong
On August 5, 2016 Points of Light’s affiliate HandsOn Hong Kong organized volunteer activities for PIMCO’s Hong Kong employees benefiting The Bradbury Child Care Centre of Hong Kong Society for the Deaf (HKSD) a non-profit organization which aims to promote the wellbeing and equal opportunity of hearing impaired children.
Sixteen PIMCO employee volunteers were paired up with children from the Centre and spent one on one time ice-skating with them. These type of activities provide the opportunity to broaden the children’s horizon through first-hand experiential learning. It also provides children the chance to practice their communication skills so they continue cultivating their moral, intellectual, social and physical development.
A total of 14 Visa employee volunteers aided and cheered 15 athletes with intellectual challenges. Athletes and volunteers completed all stations designed to improve motor skills and self-confidence. The event was a positive lasting memory for all.
Bessemer Trust had its 2nd project of the year on August 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Organized by OneOC, the project was held at St. Francis Center, an organization that provides support to those that are homeless and low-income. Volunteers provided critical food relief by organizing and distributing groceries to 127 individuals and families. Without these weekly groceries, many of these families would go without food.
Fidelity’s commitment to education continued in August with three more Transformation Days!
- Boston, MA: Fidelity volunteers in Boston supported three schools for their Transformation Day on August 4 – Mather Elementary School, the Sarah Greenwood School, and UP Academy Dorchester. Volunteers painted inspiring murals, refreshed classrooms refreshed, and created outdoor line games.
- Jacksonville, FL: On August 13, 141 Fidelity volunteers returned to Terry Parker High School for the fourth year in a row. Volunteers painted a vibrant mural and added school pride to the exterior fence. An outdoor bistro utilized by the school’s culinary program was also completely transformed with the addition of seating, an herb garden and even workstations so students can cook outside.
- Albuquerque, NM: Returning to Wilson Middle for the second year in a row on August 20, Fidelity volunteers continued facility improvement efforts,making Wilson a brighter and more professional learning environment inside and out! Projects included enhancing an educational garden with chalkboard lap desks and installing a shade structure.
Points of Light partner, Starbucks, hosted a two-city campaign in Cleveland, OH and Philadelphia, PA called “Let’s Serve Together” which encouraged citizens from all walks of life to join together in service. More than 100 volunteers donated more than 400 hours of service at two prominent organizations. Led by HandsOn Northeast Ohio, the project at New Tech East in Cleveland, OH involved a diverse set of community stakeholders all uniting in service to renovate spaces at the school and build benches for community spaces. Volunteers came together to paint over 7,000 square feet in New Tech colors to the exterior entrance of the school as well as the new engineering room. Volunteers built 13 "Conversation Station" benches that will be given to community gardens around greater Cleveland. In Philadelphia, HandsOn Network Affiliate Jersey Cares along with volunteers representing five other community groups completed an enormous amount of work and completely transformed several spaces at the West Philadelphia Community Center. Our volunteers pained the interior and exterior of the building, built new picnic benches, and work on several landscaping projects saving the community staff time and resources.
Prudential continued its yearlong volunteer engagement through HandsOn Network Affiliates in Scottsdale, AZ. HandsOn Greater Phoenix coordinated a Back to School night at Vista College Prep school. Prudential volunteers from Prudential hosted an ice cream social with crafts and activities for over 300 kids and families of Vista College. Prudential also donated 15 backpacks full of school supplies and more than 300 books for the students of this K-4 charter school in south Phoenix. The school principal, Julie Alperin expressed her sincere gratitude to Prudential and said, “Our students and families had a blast. It was such a great way to bring our parents and families to school so that we can keep them informed and connected to their child’s education. Thanks again for a wonderful night!”
August was a great month for Altria with high employee participation with volunteer projects. Over 274 employees participated in a project in one of the following markets: Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, California, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Ohio. Highlights from a couple of projects are shared below.
- Hopkinsville, Kentucky – About 100 employees came together on August 12 to support both Micah Mission Center and Challenge House. Volunteers assembled 1,000 personal hygiene kits to benefit these two local organizations that support low-income and homeless community members. Micah Mission Center works directly with the homeless population of Hopkinsville, and Challenge House works in low-income neighborhoods to support stable, thriving communities.
- San Diego, California – On the morning of August 17, Altria participated in a volunteer event led by Right Hand Events to support H20 Trash Patrol. The team of 28 participants were assigned teams to clean up the beach and collect trash. Group A used paddle boards to remove debris from the San Diego Waterways. Group B collected trash from the park and surrounding cove. In addition to the trash clean up, Group C painted individual murals to donate to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. All together the team collected over 80 pounds of trash.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota – A team of 30 employees were led by Hands On Twin Cities for a great experience with the Mississippi Park Connection. Over an acre of invasive species were removed, and over 85 flowers were planted throughout the area. This project is one of Mississippi Park Connection and National Park Services biggest projects, that they will continue throughout the years to help the river’s conditions and the environment. By ridding the area of invasive species and then planting new plants, the volunteers are insuring that the area will stay protected.
- Cleveland, Ohio – The Ohio team ended the month by completing a project with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland on August 31. During their visit, the team was able to provide a deep clean of the kitchen, paint the entire gymnasium, touch up and paint the United States mosaic and hop scotch board, and created a 4-square board on the black top. The final task included a re-vamp and clean up along the fence area where the kids frequent to get to the club.
Duke Energy volunteers had yet another of their Care4Environment projects in August led by HandsOn Nashville affiliate team in Cincinnati, Ohio. The project was held at The Point Arc whose mission is to provide opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their highest potential educationally, residentially, socially and vocationally. They achieve this through residential living programs, educational and employment services, social programs and case management. On this day, 31 Duke Energy volunteers gave 93 hours at the VonLehman Home, a group home of Point Arc, and rejuvenated the facility through landscaping and deck staining projects and created a shaded outdoor gathering area through the construction of a pergola and assembly of cedar furniture. What a beautiful difference they made in one day!
For more information about any of these events, or to find out how you can get involved with Points of Light, please contact Ruwa Romman ([email protected] or 404-979-2729).