September 2015 Corporate News
On September 30, Volunteers from J.Crew took part in a volunteer project in South London. The volunteers went to Beormund School to help revitalize the garden area. Tasks included tidying and pruning around the existing pond, pruning bushes, and repairing and painting the entrance gate. The volunteers also weeded and cleaned the main garden, repaired the greenhouse and prepared planting troughs for placement.
The garden is regularly used by the pupils of the school to grow vegetables, plants and nurture habitats for insect wildlife. However, funding cuts have meant that it has not been possible to maintain the garden as they would like. The hard work and effort undertaken by J.Crew volunteers is invaluable to the school and allows the children to enjoy and have fun in the garden area. The school is delighted with the garden and extremely grateful to the J Crew volunteers for their time. A total of 14 volunteers participated in this activity, contributing 56 hours of service.
Partners at Duke Energy hosted three projects during the month of September in Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC and Florence, SC. The Asheville employees have “adopted” Enka Middle School in their community for deeper engagement. The students and staff at the school have come to appreciate their contributions to the campus. Over the course of three days, Duke Energy volunteers completed a lion’s share of tasks which included prepping the campus indoor and outdoor walls for murals to be completed by the art students and revitalizing the campus parking lots and railings with the bright “Enka Blue” paint to keep school spirit high.
In the month of September, UBS rounded out its annual Season of Service in Ft. Lauderdale and San Diego.
- Lauderdale: On September 21 and 24, UBS volunteers made over the FLITE Center, a resource center for foster youth in Broward County. Volunteers painted walls in the center’s new facility and created a mural that will stand as a focal point in the center’s meeting space, highlighting the variety of resources that FLITE offers to young people exiting the foster care system. Thanks to our partnership with Points of Light and the support of UBS, the center will debut its colorful new location to the public this Thursday.
- San Diego: In San Diego, UBS employees spent the morning hosting a Junior Achievement Day at Ibarra Elementary School, a title 1 school in Chula Vista. UBS employees led activities focused on entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial thinking, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness to Kindergarten through 5th grade classes. The volunteers were equipped with the training, lesson plans and materials they needed in order to be successful in the classroom.
Bessemer Trust had its 4th project on September 24. This was the first time a Bessemer Trust project was held in Wilmington, DE. HandsOn Network Affiliate Volunteer Delaware managed the project at Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, an organization that provides housing and support to families whose children are receiving treatment at area hospitals. Eight volunteers hosted an ice cream social with all the toppings a child could hope for as well as led a game of bingo complete with fun prizes.
Newell Rubbermaid’s 3rd Annual Global Day of Service was an opportunity for employees to make a difference in the communities where they live and work. This was the first time Points of Light partnered with Newell Rubbermaid for their Global Day of Service. From Huntersville, NC to Shanghai, China, HandsOn Network Affiliates coordinated 12 education-focused projects around the world. Volunteers accomplished a wide variety of projects including building an outdoor classroom in Downers Grove, IL and constructing a vegetable garden at a day care in São Paulo, Brazil so children have access to fresh foods.
The month of September was very busy and successful for Altria, with many volunteer events taking place across the US. Altria employees completed Day of Sharing projects in the following markets: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. A total of 22 projects were completed to engage an estimate of 560 employees.
- Washington, D.C.: On Friday, September 11, a group of Altria employees visited the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) led by HandsOn Network Affiliate, Volunteer Fairfax. The group was able to accomplish a tremendous amount of tasks to benefit the AFRH residents such as a grounds beautification project around the fishing pond, building picnic tables, and assembling new benches and garden beds. To say that the staff and residents were happy and grateful for the work accomplished would be an understatement!
- Greenville, SC: A group of 28 Altria employees joined together on Wednesday, September 16 to support the Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. Tasks completed included painting, minor wood work, laying sod and landscaping. A very successful day for this group at the Habitat for Humanity home build site.
- Phoenix, AZ: Collaborating partners HandsOn Greater Phoenix and Mary’s Food Bank hosted a volunteer project on September 22. In a short time frame the group was able to accomplish a huge task and set a new record for sorting of 17,863 pounds of food!
- New London, CT: On September 24, Hands On Hartford led 20 Altria employees in a very impactful day. The morning consisted of sorting food donations and preparing pallets of food at the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s Food Center. In the afternoon Altria created 100 basic needs kits for active military members to support Operation Homefront, and 500 hygiene kits for Safe Futures and Covenant Shelter of New London.
Fidelity Transformation Days continued in September, reaching students and schools in three communities:
- Jacksonville, FL: For the third year in a row, Fidelity volunteers dedicated time and talent to Terry Parker High School. This year, they invited their friends from Florida Blue to be part of the effort, and together the 138 volunteers accomplished amazing things all over the campus. Volunteers installed a senior rock, painted peace poles and mulched and weeded all of the school’s green space. Fidelity also built and installed new garden beds to support the school’s earth science, environmental science, biology and chemistry students, who will all have the opportunity to benefit from lessons including the garden bed and compost.
- Jersey City, NJ: Fidelity volunteers completed revitalization projects throughout Rafael J. Cordero School, P.S. 37, touching up and completing murals both inside and outside the school, creating STEM-themed tile mosaic murals, and painting college flag murals alongside students. Many volunteers also got to interact with students through a variety of workshops. Students and volunteers worked together in teams to create bridges made of chocolate and candy while learning about engineering and architecture. Volunteers also taught students about solar energy while building solar ovens at miniature pizza boxes. A Fit & Fun Workshop was held outside in the local park, and volunteers set up obstacle courses for students to run through. Additionally, volunteers led a game of Fantastic Fraction Bingo with students. The students had a great time interacting with Fidelity volunteers, and were thrilled to see the improvements made to their school.
- Denver, CO: When 250 Fidelity volunteers spend their Saturday at school, amazing things can happen! Fairview Elementary now boasts new murals, incredible fence art, STEM-inspired bulletin boards, custom-designed bench art, college alma mater plaques and more. The team also doubled the size of the community garden, especially important since Fairview is located in a food desert.
For more information about any of these events, or to find out how you can get involved with Points of Light, please contact Madeline Eaton ([email protected] or 404-979-2926).