One sure and encouraging sign of spring is the advent of the Novartis volunteers in the community! Celebrating the 23rd annual Novartis Community Partnership Day, over 400 Novartis Canada employees joined their colleagues around the world to give back to their communities through volunteer work. This volunteer effort spanned six continents and 53 countries and represented more than 100,000 hours of combined community service in support of local non-profit organizations.
L’Oréal recently celebrated their Annual Citizen Day when employees dedicate the day to helping out in local non-profit organizations in countries where L’Oréal has subsidiaries. They marked the 10th anniversary of this annual event by contributing more than 1 million volunteer hours.
“Trying to have a positive impact collectively on people who need it is a source of pride for all employees of our subsidiaries around the world.” said Alexandra Palt, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice-president of the L’Oréal Foundation. “L’Oréal considers that it is its responsibility to provide employees the means to take action and to make concrete contributions, because every action counts with regard to the current social and environmental needs.”
In Canada this initiative involved 350 L’Oréal Canada employees lending a hand at numerous non-profit organizations, contributing their time, energy, and enthusiasm in support of a wide range of causes.
Organized once again at the company level in Montreal by Teresa Menna, Corporate Citizenship & Internal Communications Manager, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program, L’Oréal Canada fielded volunteers in community organizations across Montreal and the West Island. Activities included sorting donations of food and clothing; gardening; cleaning and painting day and community group centres; beautifying green spaces; maintaining bird sanctuaries and animal shelters.
This initiative demonstrates each year the outstanding commitment and solidarity of our employees with local communities and the world around us” said Frank Kollmar, President and CEO, L’Oréal Canada. “Citizen Day is at the core of our corporate culture.”
Coordinated at the company level by Fernanda Penaflor, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Program, a team of enthusiastic Fairfield volunteers were out in force to lend a hand in support of Centre multi-ressources de Lachine (CMRL).
The Centre, a non-profit organization funded in part by Centraide, offers a wide variety of workshops, activities, and services to promote integration, solidarity, mutual aid, self-respect and autonomy of Lachine residents of all ages indeed a community group that makes a difference in the lives of its clients.
The Fairfield volunteers were warmly welcomed by Jean Dumas, CMRL interim Volunteer Coordinator. These hardworking helpers set up and organized donations of books for la Foire du livre 2019 at Lachine’s Centre Albert Gariepy. The annual Book Fair is a much-anticipated community event and a major fundraiser that enables CMRL to provide crucial programs and activities for their members.
Volunteers making a difference