It’s Points of Light’s fourth annual Global Volunteer Month and this year, our sponsors are continuing to support this month of service with their generosity. Through their contributions, Points of Light is better equipped to celebrate the impact of people who volunteer and engage in civic actions that change the world.
Research shows that that 73% of people believe that volunteering is more important than ever, yet 66% think they can’t make a big impact in their communities. To tackle society’s greatest challenges and build a better future, we must engage a wide range of people to make a positive difference in the world.
In partnership with Phillips 66, our lead sponsor for Global Volunteer Month 2023, and our supporting sponsor UPS, we’re shining a light on the work they are doing in communities around the globe.
Phillips 66 believes that giving back and investing in community is a critical role they play as a company. Whether it’s through their Good Energy Month in April or year-round, Phillips 66 employees are encouraged and empowered to give their time and talents to improve lives and demonstrate the company values of safety, honor, and commitment. Since 2012, the company has logged 680,000 hours of service from employee volunteers and invested $280 million into local communities. Whether it be education equity, environmental sustainability, social advancement or safety and wellbeing, Phillips 66 is using its resources of capital and people power to advance the causes their employees and communities care about.
At UPS, service is in their DNA. The UPS Foundation leverages their company’s people, business assets and philanthropic resources globally to address the systemic inequities and injustice that contribute to poverty and prevent people and communities from thriving. Their vision is to create a more equitable and just world, and their philanthropic approach centers on equity and justice through four focus areas: Health and Humanitarian Relief, Equity and Economic Empowerment, Local Community Engagement and Planet Protection – what they refer to as their HELP pillars. The company is committed to serving 30 million volunteer hours by 2030, and saw 2 million volunteer service hours recorded in 2022 alone, with over 529,000 volunteer hours recorded in underserved Black communities. The UPS Foundation has invested $120.8 million globally and has planted 22 million trees to date.
As these companies and many others engage employees throughout Global Volunteer Month, it’s important to keep in mind that volunteer recognition helps promote active participation and strengthens ESG programs. If you’re leading a project or team for Global Volunteer Month, consider nominating one of your employee volunteers for the Daily Point of Light Award or the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
And if your organization is looking for volunteer projects to get involved with this Global Volunteer Month, consider partnering with one of our nonprofit affiliates. Points of Light’s Global Network is made up of innovative volunteer-mobilizing organizations that serve more than 145 affiliates across 39 countries around the world. Together we are inspiring, equipping and mobilizing more people to use their time, talent, voice and resources to create positive change in their communities.