Results tagged as "volunteering"

  • The Benefits of Service: Not a One-Way Street

    By Gladys Perez, Citi, Senior Assistant for Citi Community Development August 13, 2014 02:45 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation in social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    There is a saying in Spanish, "Hoy por ti, mañana por mi," which translates to, "Today for you, tomorrow for me." The idea behind this statement is that if I help you today, you will return the favor tomorrow. This saying was a guiding principle for me growing up. I would help family members translate official documents or tutor my younger cousins, and in return, they would help me if and when I needed it. However, as I grew older, my understanding of what serving others actually meant evolved.

    My initial motive for volunteering was the idea that I was providing a service to someone in need, and I thought that the action and influence only flowed in one direction. As I became more invested in service, I realized that while lending a hand, I was also personally growing from the experience. I came to understand that providing service allowed me to gain invaluable professional and leadership skills, as well as unique insights that I probably would not have learned elsewhere.

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  • The Four Greatest Life Lessons of Service - Learning to Lead by Helping Others

    By Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund July 31, 2014 12:08 PM

    To celebrate the launch of ServiceWorks, a program supported by AmeriCorps, Points of Light and the Citi Foundation, Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service shares insights on the impact of service and leadership on her life. ServiceWorks is a key program component of the Citi Foundation's recently launched Pathways to Progress initiative.

    Ask people what they visualize when they hear the word "volunteer," and they might describe scenes filled with smiling faces serving dinner in a soup kitchen, raking mulch at a playground project, or perhaps erecting a wall frame on a Habitat construction site. If you look a little closer, you can see what I see - leaders.

    Now, you would expect the CEO of the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to make such a claim - my job comes with a pair of rose-colored glasses - but I'm speaking from personal experience. I arrived at this point after years of volunteering that taught me the value of service. This began with my days as a Brownie Scout in Georgia, which led to becoming a local volunteer manager, which led to service leadership with the United Way, which led to eight years as CEO of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism.

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  • 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

    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.

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  • Citi Volunteers Create a Hub for Engagement, Health and Physical Activity

    By Kimberly Latimer-Nelligan, Chief Operating Officer & EVP Community Investments and Programs, Low Income Investment Fund and Clare Fox, Director of Policy and Innovation, The Los Angeles Food Policy Council June 18, 2014 02:18 PM

    On Global Community Day, Citi works with nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities around the world through volunteerism. This year, Citi Volunteers focused on promoting community engagement and health by partnering with two organizations pursuing healthy food access in Los Angeles. Volunteers worked with the Low Income Investment Fund to build the first Citi Garden to promote community engagement and healthy living. Citi is also partnering with The Los Angeles Food Policy Council to build awareness of healthy foods as a strategy to revitalize communities. Both partners talked with us about their approaches to encouraging healthy communities in Los Angeles and the impact of this year's Global Community Day.

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  • Providing Families with Food for their Tables: Mary Jo Shares her Volunteer Story

    By Mary Jo Tonachio, Southern California Division Sales Director June 18, 2014 12:55 PM

    "Global Community Day has become a proud tradition at Citi over the years- an annual opportunity for employees, alumni, clients, family and friends around the world to serve their cities and use their time, skills, and expertise to make a difference in their communities." - Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Microfinance

    To celebrate Global Community Day this year, Citi employees are sharing their volunteer stories that have empowered them to have a lasting impact on their local communities. Mary Jo Tonachio, a Citi volunteer and Southern California Division Sales Director at Citi, shares her experience supporting local food drives and community garden builds in Los Angeles, California. Read her story in this Q&A.

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  • Rebuilding Homes of Typhoon Survivors: Deb Connor Shares Her Volunteer Story

    By Deb Connor, Global Head of Human Resources Shared Services (HRSS) for Citi Shared Services (CSS) June 13, 2014 05:17 PM

    To celebrate Global Community Day this year, Citi employees are sharing their volunteer stories that have empowered them to have a lasting impact on their local communities. Deb Connor, Global Head of Human Resources Shared Services at Citi, shares her experience rebuilding the homes of families that have endured typhoons and flooding. Read her story in this Q&A.

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  • Citi Volunteers Teach Kids Finance Skills with INJAZ UAE

    By Sulaf Saleh Al-Zu'bi, CEO, INJAZ UAE June 06, 2014 04:04 PM

    On Global Community Day, Citi will work with nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities around the world through volunteerism. This year, Citi Volunteers worked with Citi Foundation partner INJAZ UAE (Junior Achievement Worldwide) to teach kids the value of personal finance.


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  • Teaching Kids the Value of Financial Responsibility: Citi's Nedjma Benbouzid Shares Her Volunteer Story

    By Nedjma Benbouzid, Corporate Communications Manager – Middle East and North Africa, Citi June 05, 2014 11:28 AM

    To celebrate Global Community Day this year, Citi employees are sharing stories that have inspired them to make a lasting impact on their communities. Nedjma Benbouzid, Corporate Communications Manager, MENA, Citi, shares her experience teaching young children the importance of financial empowerment. Read her story below:

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  • Planting, Mulching and Improving Urban Parks: Mei Yang Shares Her Volunteer Story

    By Mei Yang, Financial Planning Analyst, Citi Canada June 02, 2014 02:34 PM

    To celebrate Global Community Day this year, Citi employees are sharing their volunteer stories that have empowered them to have a lasting impact on their local communities. Mei Yang, a Citi volunteer and Financial Planning Analyst at Citi, shares her experience cleaning up parks and planting trees in Mississauga, Toronto. Read her story in the Q&A below:

    Why did you decide to volunteer at the local parks in Mississauga?

    Mississauga has been home to our Citi office, as well as my family's home for a long time, and I wanted to give back. Through our efforts, we create better environments, healthier communities, and brighter lives. Volunteer work makes us feel good, builds self-confidence and lifts up spirits.

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  • Serving Our Cities on Global Community Day

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs, Citi May 29, 2014 02:30 PM


    On Saturday, June 7, tens of thousands of Citi employees will join their colleagues, family members, and friends on our ninth annual Global Community Day. Working in groups large and small in the cities around the world where we have a presence, these volunteers will work with our local partners, using their time, skills and expertise to improve their communities.

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