Six Continents + 93 Countries + 479 Cities = 1 'Epic' Global Community Day
By Florencia Spangaro, Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy, Citi Foundation June 19, 2014 04:55 PM
This year's Global Community Day, in the words of my London-based colleagues, was nothing short of "epic".
More than 70,000 Citi colleagues, friends and family and alums came together in the days leading and including the 7th of June, as one global volunteer team. We reached 479 cities across 93 countries, and Citi volunteers got involved with a variety of activities, from hands-on to skills-based work.
We built homes, restored parks and helped increase financial literacy among today's youth. Although we gave back in a variety of ways, we came together for one common purpose: to demonstrate our strong and continued commitment to enabling progress in the communities in which we live, work and have a presence.
Making a Lasting Impact
Personally, I was impressed by the scale of the transformations that took place around the world, as a result of the hard work of our Citi volunteers. Joined by almost 100 fellow Citi volunteers, including CEO Mike Corbat, I spent the day volunteering at a local park in East Harlem, New York City.
At this event, we were fortunate to have been joined side-by-side in service with students from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a leading community partner of the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress initiative. Together, we painted playgrounds, groomed overgrown flower beds, and cleared trash around the park. The end result? A clean and beautiful park ready for the community to enjoy just in time for the summer.
Similar transformations occurred across more than 1,200 service projects worldwide - while our events focused on achieving a lot in a short timeframe, our impact will sustain beyond the here and now.
The Word is Out: #CitiVolunteers
Citi alumni, friends and family, our community partners, and other volunteer champions shared their experiences and stories in real time through social media. By searching #CitiVolunteers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you will get an idea of the diversity of projects and the impact they had on their communities. (Spoiler alert: #CitiVolunteers was tweeted over 2,100 times on June 7th alone, and one Instagram photo featured our CEO's very own selfie.)
But It Doesn't Stop Here
Global Community Day is just the beginning - we look forward to a year full of volunteer opportunities around the globe, as we countdown to the 10th anniversary of Global Community Day in 2015. Stay tuned!