September 2016 Corporate News
On September 23, 2016, Alexion Pharmaceuticals launched their first Global Day of Service! In partnership with Points of Light and our Affiliates, nearly 1,000 employee volunteers participated in high impact volunteer events in 11 countries around the world. From Athens, GA to Mumbai, India, Alexion volunteers gave back to their communities through education and healthy lifestyle focused projects. Here are a few project highlights:
- New Haven, CT – Over 300 volunteers from Alexion’s headquarters enhanced the learning environment at Hill Regional Career High School. School pride was infused throughout the building, the teacher’s lounges were transformed and students learned from the volunteers through interactive workshops on college planning and financial literacy.
- London, England – Volunteers made the lives of the families staying at Ronald McDonald House brighter by refreshing high traffic parts of the building with a new coat of paint and creating colorful arts and crafts pieces. The volunteers also prepared homemade pizzas – a delicious treat enjoyed by all!
- Paris, France – Alexion volunteers led children with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a fun and educational treasure hunt. With each clue uncovered the kids were not only one step closer to their “treasure”, they also learned new information about the world around them.
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During the month of September Altria employees participated in Day of Sharing projects that addressed focus areas that support positive youth development, hunger and homelessness, arts and culture, and the environment. A total of 306 employees participated as volunteers in one of the 13 projects that took place in the following markets: North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida, California, and Washington. Highlights from a couple of projects are shared below.
- Syracuse, New York – The United Way of Central New York managed the Day of Sharing project with Matthew 25 Farm on September 13 to engage 29 Altria employees. In addition to learning about planting and harvesting vegetables, the team picked over 1,500 pounds of potatoes, tomatoes, and corn. This service project fell right in line with Hunger Action Month in an effort to raise awareness about providing fresh produce to families in need. Hundreds of local families will benefit from the hundreds of pounds of food picked by Altria.
- Covington, Kentucky – On the morning of September 22 the Altria team had a full day of projects ahead of them to support the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. Because of their dedication and hard work, the team of 35 was able to assemble picnic tables and renovate the outside space for the kids, assemble storage spaces and shelving in the teen room and pool area, create a reading space with fun colorful walls and inspirational quotes, assemble exercise equipment for the gym, and so much more! Metro United Way, the HandsOn Network affiliate that managed the project shared that the day was full of fun and successful projects, and happy students who were able to experience the finished product at the end of the day.
- Conroe, Texas – During a regional meeting on September 26, Altria set aside the time to support Montgomery County Youth Services and a local program known as Lifeline by providing them each with 500 hygiene kits to support homelessness. The highlight was seeing the faces of the representatives from each agency that came to pick up the donations. They were overwhelmed with full bags of snacks and toiletry items in each of the reusable bags.
- Greenville, South Carolina – Altria volunteers worked with Home Works of America on the home of a senior that had been devastated by the flooding of October 2015 and personal tragedy. The team completed large amounts of landscaping outside, helped remove internal flood damage, repaired and cleaned inside areas, and completed repairs to the shed. The project was managed by HandsOn Network affiliate, United Way Hands On Greenville who shared that the team worked tirelessly on improvements to the home that will continue improving the quality of life for the client and her family for many years to come.
Citi played both host and sponsor for a historic weekend in New York as ServiceWorks kicked off its third program year. More than 80 AmeriCorps VISTA members assembled from the 14 ServiceWorks host cities for three days of inspiration, reflection, motivation and service as part of the commemoration of 15th anniversary of 9/11. The Citi Foundation invited all ServiceWorks VISTAs and staff to gather at Foundation headquarters on Friday, September 9th, for a full day of learning about the groundbreaking youth development and empowerment program that’s part of the Pathways to Progress initiative and a partnership between Citi, AmeriCorps and Points of Light. The group was honored to hear directly from the co-founders of the 911day.org and Tomorrow Together movement. On Saturday, Sept 10th, the VISTAs were sworn in by national service advocate General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal during a powerful ceremony at the Opportunity National Summit. Culminating the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 11th, the AmeriCorps members’ first official act of duty took place at New York’s Pier 36 in lower Manhattan as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Joining 9/11 Day organizers and MyGoodDeed, the VISTAs helped lead thousands of New York volunteers, including more than 100 Citi employees, as part of an effort across the city to pack more than 500,000 meals for those in need. All of these events were supported in large part by Citi and served as a great reminder of the spirit of national community that was so strong 15 years ago.
Fidelity Transformation Days continued throughout the month of September:
- Jersey City, NJ – On September 17, Fidelity kicked off their new partnership with the Renaissance Institute, a small school in Jersey City that puts its students on a rigorous academic program so they have every chance at success post-graduation. Volunteers revitalized an indoor learning garden by building table top garden beds, redecorated the teacher’s lounge and added inspiration with the addition of college flag murals throughout the school’s halls.
- Denver, CO – On September 24, 200 Fidelity volunteers transformed 5 schools and nonprofits in the Denver area. Across the five locations, volunteers painted inspiring murals, transformed learning spaces, and refreshed the buildings and landscapes.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-979-2729).n