June 2017 Corporate News

Points of Light Corporate Partnerships Global Impact

Hours of Service Generated: 11,259
Employees Engaged: 2,666
Projects Completed: 100
Countries Impacted: 27

 

Abbvie

Hours of Service Generated: 6,025
Employees Engaged: 1,392
Projects Completed: 49

The week of June 26 marked the fourth year of AbbVie’s “Week of Possibilities.” Projects focused on effective educational programs and building stronger communities. Points of Light’s affiliates around the globe delivered a total of 49 projects across 12 countries engaging almost 1,400 employees contributing 6,025 hours of service.

Tokyo, Japan: Points of Light affiliate, HandsOn Tokyo, organized 3 science classes for elementary school age children living at a Children's Home. Through interactive games, 54 volunteers taught 55 children the joy of science. After the activities, children and volunteers enjoyed dinner together.

 

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Points of Light affiliate, Atados, organized skilled based volunteering activities. The beneficiary sought to improve its efficiencies in managing their growing organization and needed professional help to develop the skills of their management team. Volunteers hosted 3 hour workshops for the beneficiary’s employees where they focused on improving their communication and marketing skills.

Athens, Greece: Points of Light affiliate, Ethelon, organized the initiative “Hygiene Kits for People in Need.” This activity was created to help people who belong to vulnerable and socially excluded groups - in this case refugees - who do not have access to simple, everyday products that we often take for granted. Over 90 volunteers built and distributed hygiene kits to 4 NGOs who support homeless refugees.

 

Altria Group

Hours of Service Generated: 643
Employees Engaged: 207
Projects Completed: 8

Altria returned to Challenge House in Hopkinsville, KY on June 16, led by Hands On Nashville. Altria employees in the Hopkinsville area have been long-time supporters of Challenge House and their mission to provide resources to individuals, couples, and families. The 2017 volunteer project consisted of multiple painting projects (front porch, workshop, and house interior) and outdoor furniture assembly (picnic tables, chairs, tables, and benches).

A group of 28 employees supported Beds For Kids on June 22 in Charlotte, NC. Beds For Kids empowers families with children by delivering beds and other essential furniture items to powerfully supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. Since 2011, they have delivered over 6,200 beds and over 50,000 furniture pieces. Altria contributed by assembling dining sets and dresser drawer sets for families. Altria employee, Sana Rogers, created this video to highlight the great accomplishments of the team with Beds For Kids.

 

American Express

Hours of Service Generated: 1,731
Employees Engaged: 405
Projects Completed: 24

American Express’ Serve2Gether Program is half way through the year. Since June 2017, 405 employees in 9 countries around the world contributed 405 hours of volunteer time. Global offices participating this year are: Canada, India, Hong Kong, Italy, UK, Philippines, Mexico, Singapore and Japan. Earth Day project highlights are shared below.

Mexico City, Mexico: Points of Light Affiliate, HandsOn CDMX, organized activities for Earth Day at a local children’s Home. Twenty-two American Express volunteers donated 176 hours building a green wall that benefited 22 orphaned children between the ages of 6 and 13 that live at the Asilo Primavera. This Home not only houses the children, but also provides them with an education. Volunteers showed great interest in helping children, and their kindness and warmth touched our hearts.

Ontario, Canada: Points of Light Affiliate, Volunteer Canada, organized activities for Earth Day. Seventeen volunteers donated 85 volunteer hours to Ontario Streams, an organization that relies on the hard work and dedication of volunteers to complete restoration activities. Without the help from American Express volunteers, they would not have been able to complete the native forest understory planting. The trees planted will help reduce invasive species encroachment, provide shade and habitat for fish and wildlife, and help filter overland runoff entering the Holland River.

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong: Points of Light Affiliate, HandsOn Hong Kong, organized Earth Day activities at the New Life Interactive Farm. Thirty-five volunteers donated 175 hours to building two green walls for the farm. Activities included pot planting, fertilizing, setting up an irrigation system and building the wall. The green wall helped upgrade the environment in the farm, serving also as an educational resource of local flora and reducing urban island heat through providing shade.

 

Bessemer Trust

Hours of Service Generated: 67
Employees Engaged: 25
Projects Completed: 2

June marked the first two of eight projects taking place in 2017 for Bessemer Trust.

Palm Beach, FL: On June 1, Bessemer Trust employees prepared and served dinner to the 27 families who currently call Quantum House home. Quantum House provides free housing to the families of children who are receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. With a delicious meal and good company, the volunteers offered the families a much needed break from the stress of taking care of their family members.

Boston, MA: Wanting to make their mark on hunger, Bessemer Trust employees volunteered at the Red Cross Food Pantry on June 20. Volunteers prepared and packaged food items that will support hundreds of families in the community.

 

Fidelity Investments

Hours of Service Generated: 1,760
Employees Engaged: 252
Projects Completed: 2

Fidelity Transformation Days continued in the month of June!

Denver, CO: On June 10, Fidelity volunteers made their mark on three Boys and Girls Clubs in the community. From repainting main interior spaces in all three clubs to refreshing and replanting a garden that will provide fresh produce to Club kids, no space was left untouched.

Jacksonville, FL: On June 24, Englewood High School hosted 130 Fidelity volunteers for the school’s first Transformation Day. One of the highlights from the day was the Senior Courtyard volunteers created that included cementing a 400 sq ft outdoor space and constructing benches and picnic tables for the senior class to enjoy.

 

Google China

Hours of Service Generated: 388
Employees Engaged: 185
Projects Completed: 7

Every June, Googlers are encouraged to leave their desks for a day to participate in service projects in their communities. In Beijing and Shanghai, Points of Light affiliate, HandsOn China, hosted 7 projects for 185 Googlers who donated 288 volunteer hours impacting over 220 people. Project highlights include:

Shanghai, China: The Long-Li-Fend-Mei school hosts 205 children with autism. Google volunteers painted straw hats with 18 children from the school who benefited from 1:1 attention. These types of activities are designed to help the children improve their perception and reasoning of the world as well as to help them practice their social skills which supports them in becoming confident individuals who can rely on themselves in the future.

Beijing, China: Because of China’s hukuo (residency) migration policies, children of adults who move to China’s more prosperous cities looking for work and/or a better life for their families cannot attend urban public schools. To support the educational needs of these children, the community responded by developing ‘Migrant Schools.’ These schools rely mostly on donations and volunteers and generally lack appropriate infrastructure and budget. Twenty four Google volunteers took a group of migrant children to visit the National Museum of China. This educational activity, which would not be accessible to them under the school’s budget, helps supplement the children’s exposure to new educational experiences as well as improve their social skills.

 

Mondelēz International

Hours of Service Generated: 19
Employees Engaged: 19
Projects Completed: 1

On June 2, 19 members of Mondelēz’s leadership team came together to create nearly 100 hygiene kits for Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a homeless service provider in Chicago, IL. Each hygiene kit was personalized with encouraging notes from the volunteers. This project was a part of Mondelēz’s new #Impact4Good initiative that promotes the #PowerHourChallenge – a call to action for all employees to give at least one hour of community service in 2017.

 

UBS

Hours of Service Generated: 20
Employees Engaged: 41
Projects Completed: 1

In June, Volunteer Fairfax hosted 41 UBS volunteers with an onsite project that benefitted Veterans and women living in a domestic violence shelter. The volunteers spent a total of 20.5 hours helping create 47 patriotic door hangers and flag pins for the Veterans and 96 toiletry kits for women living in the domestic violence shelter. UBS and Volunteer Fairfax also partnered last year providing deep impact through consistent support of these focus areas and organizations!

 

Visa

Hours of Service Generated: 606
Employees Engaged: 140
Projects Completed: 7

During June 2017, Points of Light organized volunteer activities for Visa employees in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Reading, UK; Manila, Philippines and Bangalore, India.

Manila, Philippines: 45 volunteers donated 250 volunteer hours helping 164 families. Visa Philippines volunteers contributed to the “Save Freedom Island” movement to protect the last Mangrove frontier in Manila. Within 2 hours, Visa volunteers collected 73 bags full of trash. The Department of Environment and Natural resources was extremely grateful for this, in part because this area includes the marine eco-system where 164 families live and survive through fishing.

Toronto, Canada: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest center dedicated to improving children's health in the country. The hospital depends on volunteers to enhance the programs and services they offer and to assist staff in providing the finest standards of healthcare that align with their mission, vision and values. Twenty-two Visa volunteers assembled 2 different type of "crafts kits" for children to play with while awaiting care at the Hospital in Toronto. This project benefited 280 children who will have access to more and better activities while they receive treatment.