Volunteerism at Citi gets its strength from many employee-led organizations within the company known as Volunteer Councils. These groups assume leadership for implementing volunteer engagement in the local community. Councils are designed to supplement the well-established Community Development and Public Affairs teams. Our 25 global Volunteer Councils are key partners in driving employee volunteer participation. Since its inception in late 2009, the council model has seen great success as employees have consistently shown enthusiasm for getting involved in various volunteer opportunities.
Citi encourages employees to take a paid day off work each calendar year to volunteer for an eligible organization of their choice.
Employees can find and register online for volunteer opportunities in their area and log their volunteer hours. In 2010, Citi Volunteers logged 608,953 volunteer hour of service in their local communities.
Skill-based volunteer activities utilize either personal or professional skills to deliver information or services to either individuals or nonprofits/NGOs. Citi Volunteers engage in skill-based volunteerism in a number of ways, including direct service, organizational capacity building and board service.
Many Citi employees volunteer year-round, but Global Community Day provides an annual opportunity to have company employees, along with their families and friends, come together as a global volunteer team. Local volunteer groups will be working in North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on a variety of projects addressing specific community needs including literacy, housing, environmental protection, nutrition, health care and disaster relief. Tens of thousands of Citi employees participate each year, making Global Community Day a company tradition.