Annual Event Contributes Nearly Four Million Hours of Service Since Launch
Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C)
TORONTO, June 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Today Citi celebrates its annual Global Community Day, as more than 600 Citi volunteers across Canada engage in service activities in their local communities. In the days leading up to and including Global Community Day, 100,000 Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends in more than 450 cities across 90 countries and territories volunteer on 1,400 service projects that are helping address a range of community needs, from feeding the hungry to revitalizing schools for a better learning environment to preparing young people for jobs.
On Global Community Day, Citi volunteers invest their time and efforts alongside community and nonprofit partners on service opportunities that help create thriving neighborhoods. Some of these volunteer efforts complement the year-round philanthropic and business-led initiatives, including the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress, that help make our communities stronger.
"Global Community Day is now a long-running tradition that gives Citi colleagues all around the world an opportunity to further demonstrate our values to the communities we serve," said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. "While our presence as a firm may be global, the real impact on this day is local, and one example of how we are enabling progress in a big way."
This year Citi Canada is hosting 12 events across the country, from a neighbourhood clean-up in Vancouver, to food donation sorting in Toronto, to running in support of women's mental health in Montreal.
Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed nearly four million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities. This year, for the first time, we are tracking how the projects are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The highlighted activities below illustrate how this year's Global Community Day activities are contributing to select SDGs including: Zero Hunger (SDG 2); Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3); Quality Education (SDG 4); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11); and Climate Action (SDG 13).
- The corporate banking team in Calgary hosted its first ever client-centric Global Community Day event. Eighteen staff and clients visited the Calgary Drop-In Centre to serve lunch to 600 people at risk of experiencing homelessness.
- Through Citi's long-standing partnership with United Way of Greater Toronto, the Citi Women's Network Toronto sponsored a speed mentoring event for new immigrants. Citi leaders worked with 30 women to network and provide career mentorship by touching on topics such as navigating the job market, skills building, networking and job interviewing.
- At the Toronto Citi Service Centre, home to over 1,000 technology developers, Citi joined forces with Ladies Learning Code to teach 40 kids about careers in STEM, while opening them up to new career possibilities. Technologists also hosted a coding workshop to help kids to learn about coding and get an inside look at a technology workplace.
- In the Philippines, Citi volunteers are helping advance quality education by revitalizing schools, including painting classroom desks and chairs, and refurbishing textbooks.
- As part of efforts to raise awareness and respect for people with disabilities, Citi volunteers in Tokyo, Japan are teaching and leading a game of blind tennis.
- Citi volunteers across India are participating in beach and river clean-ups, tree planting, and teaching children about the importance of environmental sustainability.
EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
- To help build the career readiness and well-being of young people across Nigeria, Citi volunteers are hosting sports championships, health sessions and career workshops.
- In Poland, Citi volunteers are working with children from foster families to teach them how to cook healthy meals, and also hosting workout classes to encourage fitness.
- Citi volunteers in the UK are hosting several events aligned with Pathways to Progress, including mock interviews, workplace visits, and CV workshops to help prepare young people for the world of work.
LATIN AMERICA AND MEXICO
- Building off of last year's Global Community Day activities, Citi volunteers in São Paolo are further revitalizing the main playground in Ibirapuera Park, one of the most important parks in Brazil.
- In Bogotá, Colombia, Citi volunteers are collaborating with the District Institute of Cultural Heritage and will be joined by city leaders to help repaint homes, clean up local parks and improve the landscaping in La Concordia neighborhood.
- Citibanamex volunteers in Mexico are painting homes, revitalizing schools and playgrounds, planting trees and participating in a nationwide food drive.
- Across the U.S., thousands of volunteers are joining together to address the issue of hunger by packing 675,000 meals with Feeding Children Everywhere that will be sent to families in need and to shelters and other sites in areas impacted by disasters.
- In Puerto Rico, where Citi is commemorating 100 years in market, Citi volunteers are reforesting a beach in support of rebuilding efforts associated with the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
Please join the Global Community Day conversation on social media using the hashtag #CitiVolunteers. To learn more about Citi's citizenship efforts in Canada review the 2017 Public Accountability Statement and across the globe see the Global Citizenship Report.
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