December 2016 Corporate News

Points of Light Corporate Partnerships Global Impact

Hours of Service Generated: 8,811
Employees Engaged: 2,889
Projects Completed: 115
Countries Impacted: 6



Hours of Service Generated: 631
Employees Engaged: 244
Projects Completed: 7

Altria employees participated in holiday projects to bring cheer to their communities. In December, 244 employees contributed approximately 631 hours of volunteer time. Highlights from several projects are shared below.

Nashville, TN – Hands On Nashville led the annual Santa’s Workshop on December 13 to engage over 70 employees. During this full day of activities, nine nonprofit organizations benefited from the generosity and donations made by Altria. Tasks included assembling meal bags for USO Fort Campbell and Nashville, making wreaths for St. Luke’s Community Center, painting a mural for Second Harvest, creating snack packs for the Oasis Center, assembling hygiene kits for Jean Crowe Advocacy Center, packing first aid kits for the American Red Cross, and so much more!

Hopkinsville, KY – Pennyroyal Allied Community Services welcomed Altria to support Meals on Wheels recipients, as well as clients of the Bradford Heights Health and Rehab Center. During the event, 675 gift bags were assembled and decorated. These gift bags provide the recipients with items they may not otherwise afford and also the support and reassurance that their community cares.

Washington, DC – On December 16, Volunteer Alexandria led Altria with creating care packages for troops overseas. A total of 300 snack packs and cards were created for the USO Fort Belvoir to add to gift boxes to send to deployed military.





American Express

Hours of Service Generated: 3,212
Employees Engaged: 1,105
Projects Completed:47

In December 2016, Points of Lights organized volunteer activities for American Express employees in London, Delhi, Bangalore, Gurugram, and Tokyo.

In Tokyo, Japan, 45 volunteers donated 158 volunteer hours helping the elderly in the Tohoku region. In March of 2011, the great East Japan Earthquake changed the life of many people. Nearly five years later, there are still 80,000 people living in temporary housing at Tohoku; most of these residents are elderly with few leisure activities during the day. To cheer up these residents for the holiday season, American Express volunteers made 50 Christmas stockings with hand written Christmas cards that benefited 50 families in the area.

Bessemer Trust

Hours of Service Generated: 30
Employees Engaged: 15
Projects Completed: 1

Bessemer Trust wrapped their 2016 volunteer projects at Friends of the Children in New York, NY. Volunteers packaged snack bags for the kids in the organization’s after school program. This was followed by a fun – and tasty – way to learn about engineering as volunteers helped the kids build bridges out of marshmallow treats and chocolate.


Duke Energy

Hours of Service Generated: 418
Employees Engaged: 178
Projects Completed: 8

In the month of December, Duke Energy employees volunteered through eight different projects for their Season4Giving campaign. A total of 178 employees contributed approximately 418 hours of their time. Here are some highlights:

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy employee volunteers, under the leadership of Hands On Charlotte, participated in one project a week for three weeks in a row!

On December 1, eight Duke Energy volunteers spent a total of twenty hours at Crisis Assistance Ministry helping the organization by hanging up eight large bins of clothing for display in the agency's free clothing store.

On December 8, thirteen Duke Energy volunteers spent thirty-two hours at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, where they prepared and served lunch for more than 150 homeless clients.

On December 15, eighteen volunteers gave thirty-two hours of service to benefit A Child's Place (ACP), where they collected and set-up the Holiday Central gift distribution site. During the set-up, the volunteers moved and organized more than 1,000 gifts and boxes of food from ACP's second floor office to designated rooms on the first floor.

In Greenville, South Carolina, twenty-one Duke Energy volunteers with Hands On Greenville spent eighty-eight hours of volunteer time assisting in a pre-collection food drive for the Harvest Hope Food Bank including community donations totaling 770 pounds! This is the largest food drive held by Harvest Hope Food Bank at this location and comes at an important time for so many during the holidays.

In Wilmington, North Carolina, nineteen Duke Energy volunteers, in partnership with Hands On Northwest North Carolina and Brunswick Housing Opportunities, volunteered to rehab the house of a veteran and his spouse. They replaced front and back storm doors, painted and replaced carpeting with laminate flooring in the master bedroom, replaced a toilet and installed grab bars in the bathrooms, and cleaned and repainted all of the trim on the front and sides of the house. They also replaced old light bulbs with high-efficiency ones throughout their home.


Hours of Service Generated: 2,370
Employees Engaged: 736
Projects Completed: 25

November 1 through December 5, 2016 marked GE’s Second Annual Global Month of Service. Thousands of GE employees answered the call to serve in order to meet critical needs in their communities. From revitalizing green spaces in San Francisco, CA to bringing holiday joy to underprivileged children in Paris, France, the impact from GE volunteers was truly global. Here are some of the highlights:

In Singapore, Points of Light’s affiliate Empact organized a variety of projects for GE employees that ranged from supporting senior citizens to promoting responsibility for water resources and the environment to children. In total, 117 GE volunteers gave 460 hours of their time.

In six GE Veterans Network locations, over 720 care packages were assembled and shipped to active military members stationed overseas! These care packages provided a little bit of home during the holidays with items such as cookies, warm socks, and notes of thanks from GE employees and local school children.

On December 2, over 100 GE volunteers in Milwaukee visited the local VA hospital to bring holiday cheer to the hundreds of veterans who call the hospital home as they receive long-term treatment. Over the course of a few hours, the entire hospital was decorated! Read more about this project on the Points of Light blog.

Organized by Benenova, 200 GE volunteers in Paris brightened the holidays for local children and their families. Over the course of 7 events, 3,130 items, such as hats, scarves and other treats, were wrapped and distributed to a variety of organizations.



In Lynn, MA, GE volunteers addressed one of the world’s most important issues – hunger. Organized by Boston Cares, the volunteers prepared and distributed 2,000 meals to Lynn’s most vulnerable residents. Among these offerings were food baskets that ensured 250 families would have a Thanksgiving dinner.






Hours of Service Generated: 2,150
Employees Engaged: 611
Projects Completed: 27

During the month of December 2016, Points of Light organized volunteer activities for Visa employees in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangalore, and Johannesburg. One hundred seventy-seven Visa volunteers donated 619 volunteer hours during this month alone.

In Bangalore, India, 111 volunteers completed two activities. The first activity brought a group of 51 underprivileged children ages 14 to 17 to the Visa campus in Bangalore where they participated in educational activities involving computer skills training as well as team building exercises aimed to acquaint them with Visa’s corporate culture. A second group of volunteers renovated four buildings of Kowdenahalli’s primary school. At this school, Visa volunteers painted murals, repaired installations, cleaned and provided an improved hygienic and aesthetic environment for the school’s children.

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