June 2016 Corporate News
Citi recently celebrated the 11th Global Community Day. This worldwide day of service is an annual opportunity for the youth and young adults enrolled in Points of Light’s ServiceWorks program to create positive change in their local communities, while simultaneously expanding their personal networks – and understanding of how they can contribute to something bigger than themselves. Funded through Citi’s Pathways to Progress initiative, ServiceWorks uses volunteering and service as a pathway to college and career success. Global Community Day provides 16-24 year-old “Service Scholars” to work side-by-side with Citi employees on various service projects around the United States. This year, these opportunities for program participants included everything from building bikes for children alongside Citi’s CEO, to receiving one-on-one success coaching from Citi employees, to beautifying their neighborhoods with local Citi volunteers.
You can read more about the collective impact of Citi’s Global Community Day and how the youth and young adults of ServiceWorks played a key role here.
In June, Altria engaged over 290 employees to complete volunteer projects in each of the following markets: Illinois, Montana, Florida and New York. Highlights from June projects are shared below.
- Franklin Park, IL – On June 15 over 200 employees participated in assembling activity kits for children supported by Little City. HandsOn Suburban Chicago facilitated this project to allow Altria to assemble small activity bags to include games, puzzles, colorful and textured toys, and art supplies. The activity bags are given to children with developmental/intellectual disabilities upon their arrival to Little City. Little City provides services to individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the Chicago area.
- Clyde Park, MT – Altria employees teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to focus on roadside cleanup and neighborhood beautification in Clyde Park and Wilsall, Montana on June 15.
- Jacksonville, FL – In support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, Altria assembled youth kits filled with school supplies to provide to youth attending Boys and Girls Clubs in the Jacksonville area.
- Westchester, NY – Volunteer New York worked with AFYA Foundation to provide Altria with a volunteer project on June 17. AFYA Foundation aims to provide an environmentally responsible solution for the dire shortage of healthcare supplies in underserved communities globally. Altria sorted, counted, and labeled approximately 2 pallets of medical supplies, which will then be shipped overseas.
June kicked off Points of Lights’ seventh year of partnership with Fidelity Investments. “Transformation Days” will take place at schools and youth serving organizations across the country through October.
- Salt Lake City, UT: On June 11, nearly 200 Fidelity employees braved the rain for the first Transformation Day of the year! At West High School, a new partner school for Fidelity, volunteers repainted high traffic areas, created fun and inspiring art work, and added school pride near the football field with fence cup art.
- Dallas, TX: In seven years of Partnership, Fidelity employees on June 17 continued their commitment to Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy. Volunteers revitalized areas of the school with inspiring murals, and built new planter boxes, benches and picnic tables. They even constructed a new outdoor classroom complete with a chalkboard!
- Smithfield, RI: Fidelity employees in Rhode Island continued their support of Roger Williams Middle School on June 30. Volunteers built new bookcases for classrooms and offices, painted bright murals and promoted higher education by creating college logo pennants to be hung throughout the building.
- Durham, NC: On June 30, HandsOn Charlotte led Fidelity employees in the first day of a two day Transformation Day project. On day one volunteers at Lowe’s Grove Middle School focused on enhancing the outdoor learning environment of the school by building new work benches, refreshing existing gardens and building a footbridge over a creek to make a nature trail for useable.
On June 15, Bessemer Trust had its first of six projects for the year. Organized by Volunteer New York, employee volunteers from Bessemer’s Greenwich, CT office visited the Salvation Army in Portchester, NY. Volunteers threw an “Oh, The Places You'll Go” book party with students in the Salvation Army's after school program. Volunteers read the book with students, discussed their career dreams and talked about their own jobs. They also led students with a few arts and crafts projects including creating a giant poster that captured what the students want to be when they grow up, which will be hung in the main entrance of the building.
AbbVie and Points of Light partnered for its third annual Week of Possibilities from June 20 to 24 engaging over 5,000 employees in service in over 50 countries. As the global activation partner for AbbVie, POL Affiliates in the U.S., Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico and Asia provided AbbVie volunteers with meaningful service opportunities bringing awareness of important community challenges where employees live and work. In Lake County, IL, AbbVie’s headquarters location, youth and veterans were the main focus as employees transformed schools inside and out and renovated three properties to provide housing to families of military veterans. The over 2,500 employees restored libraries, computer labs, ball fields, locker rooms and teacher’s breakrooms. Employees used a STEM-themed project for an interactive science activity with students in summer programing. Students toured a mobile Science Adventures exhibit developed by Kohl Children’s Museum and the day ended with a balloon release and ice cream social. In Singapore volunteers participated at educational activities at Care Corner Student Care Centre in Singapore; in Mexico volunteers began work on transforming the central garden of an orphanage called Casa Hogar de la Santísima Trinidad, which is to become a new focal point for orphaned young girls to gather, reflect, and enjoy tranquility - a beautification project that hopefully will symbolize a new start in their lives.
According to community partners, the impact of AbbVie employees in the U.S. included cataloging and sorting over 203,000 books, reaching over 35,000 students, spreading over 500 cubic yards of mulch (13,500 feet) and planting nearly 700 plants and trees during the Week of Possibilities. Click here to view highlights about AbbVie’s Week of Possibilities.
Duke Energy employees continued to focus on its environmental projects during the months of May and June as seven projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida engaged hundreds of Duke Energy volunteers. One rainy, gulf coast day in Florida, over 40 employees planted over 16,000 sea oats on St. George Island, FL. According to Franklin County Emergency Management officials, Duke Energy provided much needed time talent and resources to help preserve the shoreline and provide natural barriers to help hold soil/sand in place during extreme weather conditions.
In June, UBS kicked off its annual Season of Service and partnered with Points of Light for a record 8th year. This past month UBS engaged 70 volunteers in two different markets through the HandsOn Network. In Phoenix, eight volunteers helped care for cats living at the Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. They cleaned cat rooms and litter boxes, laundered towels and blankets, changed out food/water and cleaning supplies and even got to play with the kitties! In Long Island, UBS employees participated in two projects. During the first project 30 volunteers gave their time at the Dominican Village, a not-for-profit retirement community and assisted living residence. UBS volunteers prepared for the monthly birthday celebration by setting up the room, escorting the residents to the hall, serving cake and encouraging the residents to join in on the entertainment and dancing! The second project was held at the Long Island Head Start. Approximately, 32 volunteers helped organize and manage a field day for the children and assisted with serving lunch. While the children napped, they beautified the grounds by planting flowers, trimming bushes, and mulching.
From animals, to seniors, to children, UBS covered a lot of territory in June! Points of Light is proud to be a national activation partner of UBS’ Season of Service since 2008!
Points of Light’s UK affiliate HandsOn London organized volunteering activities for a total of 19 volunteers from BuzzFeed’s London office who took part in three corporate volunteering projects between July 11th and July 15th contributing 96 volunteer hours. Activities included park revitalization and other volunteering projects. Among them, our volunteers cooked for and socialized with isolated retirees with sight impairment at Crusoe Club. Volunteers cooked lunch for the Club members and joined them at lunch time to talk and build trust for the afternoon. One of the most heartwarming moments was when volunteers participated in one of the club member’s birthday. After the volunteers served the cake and cleared the kitchen, they joined the club members for a concert and dancing. Edna, who was celebrating her 94th birthday was asked for the first dance; she used to be an avid dancer, so she had the floor to her favorite song. After the first dance, the volunteers invited everyone else to join in.
Each June, Google encourages its employees to leave their desks for a day to participate in service projects in their communities. Points of Light’s affiliate HandsOn China organized volunteering activities for Google employees in Shanghai and Beijing during this month. Google volunteers participated in educational activities at Shanghai’s Bao Hua kindergarten serving migrant children. Forty-five Google volunteers colored books with 150 children and 10 teachers from kindergarten. Volunteers also took a class of 25 migrant students from the Wenhua primary school in Beijing to the National Museum of China. Forty elderly patients from the Beijing Songtang Hospice Care Center also benefited from gardening and socializing with Google volunteers.
Moody’s marked their third year of partnership with Points of Light this past month. Volunteers performed a variety of tasks. Highlights include:
- Shenzhen, China: Points of Light’s affiliate HandsOn Hong Kong organized volunteering activities for Moody’s employees. Volunteers participated in a beach cleanup. Forty-four volunteers filled 13 bags of trash, the equivalent of about 54 lbs. of trash, along 1,000 meters of the Shenzhen coastal area.
- Hong Kong: Moody’s volunteers performed gardening work in a sustainable farm that grows vegetables and fruits throughout the year using organic methods. The produce was donated to families in need.
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