Making a Meaningful Impact Through Volunteerism
By Brandee McHale, Head of Citi Community Investing & Development and President of Citi Foundation July 15, 2021 09:30 AM
While our company is undergoing a transformation and many things are changing, one thing has remained constant – our colleagues' passion for service and volunteering their time to make a positive impact in local communities. More than a year into COVID-19, this commitment to volunteerism did not waver as we saw the many challenges continuing to face our communities around the world.
This year for Global Community Day, our annual flagship volunteer initiative, we had to reimagine once again how we could give back to our communities in lieu of traditional, in-person events. From helping to fight hunger and food insecurity to mentoring and coaching young people from underserved communities, we knew there was a meaningful role each of us could play in helping to address the continued impacts and challenges of the pandemic.
Our impact during the two-month campaign was no less powerful than any other year. Citi volunteers across the globe – including colleagues, friends and family – participated in more than 56,000 volunteer engagements totaling over 37,000 hours of service. And with the focus on addressing food insecurity this year, volunteers helped provide more than 100,000 meals, food boxes and canned goods to families in need around the world.
Every year, we're reminded of how individual actions can make a big impact, and how volunteerism continues to complement our financial efforts to support our communities in a meaningful way. I am so proud to work alongside colleagues who are dedicated to living out Citi's values and mission through their work everyday. Thank you to all our Citi volunteers who not only helped make this year's Global Community Day a success, but also continue to lend their time and talents year-round to serve their communities!