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By Florencia Spangaro, Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Strategy at Citi Foundation June 28, 2013 03:49 PM
On June 22, more than 66,000 Citi employees, family members and friends in 473 cities dedicated more than 325,000 hours in service as part of Citi's eighth annual Global Community Day. From the bustling streets of New York City to the tranquil Karura Forest in Nairobi to classrooms in Manila, Citi employees convened with a common purpose of giving back and effecting change in their communities. In fact, this year's Global Community Day results reinforce Citi's year-round commitment to improving local communities around the world.
As one of the people who manages Citi's year-round global volunteer efforts, I'm fortunate to work with more than 800 Citi volunteer coordinators as well as countless senior business leaders who together recognize the value in dedicating time, energy, and resources to Global Community Day every year. The event requires months of planning and preparation, but it is an exercise with rewards that are plain to see the minute we put on our Citi t-shirts and get to work.
By Pearson Buell, St. Louis, MO June 27, 2013 12:29 PM
In connection with Global Community Day this past weekend, Citi employees are sharing their stories on volunteerism and how they've made an impact in their local communities. Pearson Buell, a Citi volunteer and a Vice President within Consumer Operations & Technology at Citi, shares several experiences he had last year, from developing a unique "pay it forward" campaign to creating a free sailing clinic that helps young people develop life skills.
By Molly Chen, Citi June 24, 2013 10:22 AMGlobal Community Day brought together more than 65,000 Citi volunteers from 95 countries for a day of service. In honor of this continued service, Citi Volunteers are sharing their stories of commitment to improving their local communities.
Molly Chen, a Citi volunteer and employee in the Public Sector Group of Citi China, shares her unique story in the Q&A below. Molly's service has helped children of migrant workers in a local Chinese vocational school learn basic English and improve their financial literacy.
By Derek Deeaux, VP, Technology, Citi June 21, 2013 04:14 PM
Habitat for Humanity sees its partners as vital to a mission to provide people in need with secure, decent and affordable shelter. Citi is a longtime corporate partner whose employees have worked with Habitat hand-in-hand in serving families and building communities around the world.
This year, Habitat is participating in Citi's Global Community Day on June 22nd again for a day of volunteerism and community building with Citi employees. This annual initiative has Citi employees around the world working with global and local non-profit organizations to improve the community.
By Rosalind Groves , AVP, Treasury and Trade Solutions June 20, 2013 10:30 AMFor Global Community Day on June 22nd, Citi employees go out into their communities to donate their time to causes that matter to them. One important partner that Citi works with is Young Enterprise, the UK affiliate of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Young Enterprise focuses on teaching financial literacy for students and inspiring young people to achieve through enterprise.
To learn more about Citi's collaboration with Young Enterprise, read the Q&A below with Rosalind Groves, a volunteer and Product Manager within Treasury and Trade Solutions EMEA at Citi in London, as she shares her experience working with the organization:
By Mike Carscaddon, Executive Vice President of International Field Operations, Habitat for Humanity International June 19, 2013 01:57 PMOn Global Community Day (June 22), Citi will work with nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities around the world through volunteerism. One of our key partners is Habitat for Humanity. Below, Mike Carscaddon, executive vice president of international field operations at Habitat for Humanity International, talks about the organization's work and partnership with Citi and the Citi Foundation.
Building Communities across the Globe
Habitat for Humanity International has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 600,000 houses worldwide, providing decent and affordable shelter for more than 3 million people. Recently Builder Magazine named Habitat as the tenth largest homebuilder in the United States.
Since 1999, Citi and the Citi Foundation have helped advance Habitat's mission to build homes, communities and hope by providing technical, financial and volunteer support to expand our programs as well as test new ideas.
By Gerald DeFrancisco, President of Humanitarian Services, American Red Cross June 17, 2013 04:56 PMFor Global Community Day (June 22), Citi is partnering with non-profit organizations to build communities across the globe. One of our partners is the American Red Cross, with whom Citi has longstanding and meaningful relationship. Citi and its employees support the American Red Cross with such initiatives as addressing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy through extensive philanthropic support and volunteer efforts in the affected areas. Below is a guest blog post from the American Red Cross President of Humanitarian Services on the organization's work and partnership with Citi and the Citi Foundation.
We congratulate Citi as the company celebrates its eighth annual Citi Global Community Day on June 22nd and thank its leaders for inviting the American Red Cross to play such an important role again this year. Last year we were honored to mark Citi's 200th anniversary and saw a successful turnout of Citi volunteers who worked hand-in-hand with local Red Cross chapters across the United States as well as globally. The Red Cross could not perform our mission without strong partners and we're proud to count Citi as one of the strongest.
Below are three ways our approach has helped build communities:
By Sean Rush, President and CEO of JA Worldwide June 12, 2013 01:00 PMFor Global Community Day (June 22), Citi is partnering with non-profit organizations to strengthen communities across the globe through volunteerism. One of our key partners is JA Worldwide (JA, also known as Junior Achievement). Below is a guest blog post from the President and CEO of JA Worldwide on the organization's work and partnership with Citi and the Citi Foundation.
JA Worldwide is global youth-focused NGO dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges faced by millions of young people across the world. JA's goal is to empower young people to transform their future. To date, we've made an impact on 11 million students across our 121-country network, through the help of more than 400,000 volunteers around the world. Below are three ways our approach has helped build stronger communities across the globe:
By Pam Flaherty, President and CEO, Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship June 10, 2013 01:43 PMVolunteerism is a longstanding tradition for us here at Citi. We strive to make a positive impact on society and live up to our responsibility to serve the communities where we do business. To me, there is no greater way to build a stronger sense of pride in the company we work for than to volunteer. It provides creative opportunities for professional development, deepens relationships with strategic partners, and most importantly, makes a difference in the lives of others.
While Citi employees volunteer year-round, Global Community Day (GCD), which will be held this year on June 22nd, is an annual company-wide event that unites tens of thousands of Citi employees, friends and families, in community-building efforts in countries around the world. We organize major volunteer opportunities for GCD and leverage our employees' unique skills and expertise to support local nonprofits. It's an opportunity for people to come together and demonstrate their passion for service. This year my colleagues across the world have already planned more than 1,200 events across 90 countries (and counting).
For the month of June, Citi will be featuring stories on volunteerism and the impact that Global Community Day has on the local community. To kick us off, I'd like to share how volunteering has impacted my life and why I believe it's important to serve others.
By Debby Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer, Citi Ventures February 28, 2013 10:19 PM
Chief Innovation Officer, Debby Hopkins, is spending this week at the annual TED (Technology-Entertainment-Design] conference in Long Beach, California. She shares her thoughts on the wide-ranging impact of this gathering, as well as the benefits to Citi of participation in the event and TED community.
At Citi, we've been talking for some time about how the big trends of globalization, urbanization and digitization are changing how people and organizations thrive. We know that this hyper-connected, speed-of-life world is redefining how our clients and customers live and work and, at the same time, it is requiring us to look closely at how we redesign our business to address their ever-changing needs.
There's no better place than TED to learn about a variety of viewpoints on the world and to deeply understand the challenges of this new age. Being here makes one recognize the personal contribution that each of us must make to tackle the huge issues facing humanity.