May 2016 Corporate News
Altria completed Day of Sharing projects in Georgia, Montana, California, and Tennessee to engage over 440 employees.
In Atlanta, GA during an employee meeting hosted for the southeast region, Altria recognized active duty military employees, as well as veterans currently working with their corporation. To build upon this excitement, Altria also participated in a volunteer event to support Operation Gratitude. Points of Light staff assisted over 350 employees with assembling 1,700 Battalion Buddies for children with deployed parents, and over 800 paracord bracelets as well as thank you cards for active duty military.
In Clyde Park, MT, Altria participated in a two-day volunteer opportunity on May 4 and 5, 2016 in support of Shields Valley Foundation to construct a playground in the Clyde Park community. A total of 12 employees contributed over 112 hours in two days.
May 4, 2016 marked Fidelity Investment’s annual Fidelity Cares Day. Over 6,000 employee volunteers answered the call to serve in their communities with education focused projects. Points of Light Affiliates coordinated several of these projects:
In Boston, MA volunteers made STEM education fun and interactive for the students at Sarah Greenwood Elementary, Mather Elementary School, and Dearborn STEM Academy. Organized by Boston Cares, Fidelity volunteers led students in building roller coasters and used Ozobot robots to demonstrate color coding.
In Cincinnati, OH volunteers brought colorful inspiration to each of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati with the painting of custom designed murals that reinforced the Clubs’ core values. Elsewhere, Hands On Nashville organized another group of Fidelity volunteers in engaging over 100 kids in a field day that included games and crafts.
In Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, Fidelity volunteers showed their support for teachers by creating summer-themed teacher appreciation gifts. Colorful baskets were filled with fun, summer treats like lemonade and s’more kits. These gifts brought smiles to the faces of 250 teachers at 4 schools in Dallas and Fort Worth.
In Durham, NC, organized by Hands On Charlotte, Fidelity volunteers led students at Lowe’s Grove Middle School in a series of STEM activities including constructing solar ovens out of pizza boxes. Back at the Fidelity office, volunteers built 20 small tables to mount the “little libraries” they created a few weeks prior.
In Merrimack, NH, volunteers hosted a couple of STEM fairs. They visited the Manchester Boys and Girls Club as well. Fidelity helped the YMCA get summer camp ready by cleaning and repairing cabins to building new picnic tables.
Learn more about Fidelity Cares Day by reading the Points of Light’s blog!
On May 12, employees from Citi gathered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois to host a group of Service Scholars for mock job interviews and a working lunch before watching the students receive their ServiceWorks Certificates of Achievement. Each Citi volunteer conducted four 10-minute interviews with the Scholars from HandsOn Suburban Chicago, followed by a five-minute feedback session. It was especially gratifying when a Citi employee declared she “would’ve made four new hires.” Later, the Scholars were presented a job description for a position at Citi and asked to discuss what workplace skills would make for a strong candidate. To see more about how this impactful and empowering day played out for the Vanguard High School students, watch this short video.
ServiceWorks is a part of the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress initiative to provide underserved youth with the career readiness tools and opportunities needed to thrive in a 21st century economy. Citi employees play an integral role in the program as volunteer Skills Trainers, Success Coaches and service project participants.
As part of its Forest School, the Centre has outdoor classrooms and two designated woodland areas used for education purposes that were in much need of revitalization. Fourteen J.Crew volunteers learnt willow weaving and created new wall panels from ethically sourced willow that brought the outdoor classrooms back into full use for the summer. In addition to renovating the classrooms, volunteers had the chance to learn traditional weaving skills. A second activity involved creating 300 yards of new paths within the Forest School allowing disabled access. Local children use this path as an access point to nature and conservation. Qualified members of the Centre’s ecology and horticultural team guided the tasks.
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).