July 2016 Corporate News
UBS’ 8th Season of Service with Points of Light continued in July with two more successful projects in two more markets. In Phoenix, volunteers gave their time to help homeless senior dogs at an all-volunteer led pet rescue center. The eight volunteers bathed the dogs, cleaned kennels, laundered towels and blankets, cleaned and filled pools, filled Kong toys, brushed, played and loved the dogs! This was a huge help for an organization that depends solely on volunteers every day.
The second project this month was in Portland at the Oregon Food Bank. 33 volunteers spent their morning digging in the Community Farm preparing garden beds, spreading mulch and bark chips, weeding onions and harvesting 82 lbs of cabbage for distribution. The team completed all of the tasks on Farmer Chri stopher's list! The volunteers then moved into the Oregon Food Bank's Volunteer Action Center where they bagged fresh apples for distribution through the statewide Oregon Food Bank network. As a group they repacked 29,834 lbs of food which translates into 24,862 meals!
Altria showed up in many markets in July to engage approximately 155 employees to contribute over 440 hours of volunteer time in the communities where they live, work and play. July volunteer project markets included Mississippi, Kentucky, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and Alabama. Highlights from July projects include:
- Gulfport, MS – On July 14 Altria volunteered with Gulf Coast Community Ministries in support of their mission to reach the needs of hungry families, people who suffer from chronic illnesses, and men and women who are homeless. In two hours a group of 25 employees assisted with cleaning and organizing the clinic, assessed usability of donated computers, packaged and assembled food donations to distribute to families, completed landscaping maintenance, sorted through donated clothing to prepare for distribution, and so much more!
- Hopkinsville, KY – Led by Hands On Nashville, Altria volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville and Christian County in support of Altria’s Positive Youth Development initiative. Volunteers painted murals with an emphasis on higher learning to decorate the club’s youth activity spaces. Volunteers also assembled multiple pieces of furniture to increase the student capacity, allowing the club to use the space more effectively.
- Bull Shoals, AR – The Bull Shoals Food Pantry welcomed 30 Altria employees on July 26 to support residents in the six counties served by the pantry. Volunteers removed all stored food, cleaned all shelving, refrigerators and freezers. After the cleaning tasks were completed, the group participated in boxing donated items to distribute to families in the community.
On July 27, 2016 Points of Light’s affiliate HandsOn Hong Kong organized volunteer activities for J.Crew’s Hong Kong employees benefiting the Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre.
A total of 14 J.Crew volunteers took 60 underprivileged children to play bowling for the first time donating a total of 42 volunteer hours. During summer time, the Kowloon Community Centre aims to provide various leisure and educational activities for the children they host to broaden their horizon through first-hand experiential learning including exploration of sports. Children enjoyed and had fun bowling with assistance and guideline from the volunteers.
Volunteers from Buzzfeed took part in three corporate volunteering projects between July 11th and July 15th 2016. Points of Light affiliate HandsOn London organized activities including the revitalization and repainting of the perimeter railings at All Saints Church in Bishops Park; refurbishing benches in Ravenscourt Park; and cooking and socializing activities benefiting retirees with sight impairment at the Crusoe Club. A total of 19 volunteers participated in these activities, contributing 96 hours of service over 3 days.
Project Highlight, Ravenscourt Park : BuzzFeed volunteers helped to refurbish benches in the walled garden at Ravenscourt Park. They sanded a total of 5 benches removing algae and discolored wood, giving the benches a new, fresh look.
Fidelity Transformation Days continued throughout the month of July!
- Durham, NC: On July 1, Hands On Charlotte led Fidelity employees in the second of a two day Transformation Day project. At a local Boys and Girls Club volunteers gave the facility a much needed refresh with landscaping, painting, created vibrant murals and revamped spaces for teen members of the Club to enjoy.
- Covington, KY: Fidelity employees in Kentucky continued their support of Holmes Middle School on July 8 and 9. Fidelity volunteers supported the student experience by decorating the hallways for the start of the school year and painting custom-designed inspirational murals. Efforts also included assembling school supply binders to ensure every student has the tools needed to succeed, and creating Math and English flashcards for each grade level to support reading comprehension and test scores.
- Smithfield, RI: On July 21, over 150 volunteers lent their support to Samuel Slater Middle School. Volunteers repainted high traffic areas of the school and gave the front of the building a facelift that included a rock mosaic path to line the entranceway. Across the street at Cunningham Elementary volunteers also built colorful benches and painted a U.S. map on the blacktop.
- Merrimack, NH: Over 150 volunteers answered the call to serve at Parkside Middle School on July 28. Volunteers infused the school with school pride with the creation of fence art and custom murals.
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).