New York Today Citi celebrates its 11th annual Global Community Day, as more than 85,000 Citi volunteers in more than 500 cities spanning 91 countries and territories engage in service activities in their local communities. In the days leading up to and including Global Community Day, Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends volunteer on 1,400 service projects ranging from urban revitalization to literacy and education, career readiness, environmental conservation and disaster relief.
Global Community Day offers a wide range of service opportunities to work alongside community and non-profit partners to help improve our cities and neighborhoods. Many of the youth involved with the Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress initiative are participating and planning volunteer events across key cities globally. Citi is also partnering with companies including Bloomberg and Deloitte, bringing together employee volunteers for select urban projects in New York City, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Lagos and Mumbai. Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed more than 2.5 million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities.
"Volunteerism is a key part of giving back to the communities we serve around the globe," said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. "My colleagues and I share the view that our success as a company is inextricably linked to the positive outcomes and progress we can help enable for others."
Around the world, Citi volunteers will lead hundreds of community projects, some of which include:
In Malaysia, more than 4,500 Citi volunteers are contributing to the newly established Citi Food Bank, distributing 6,000 kilograms of food and basic necessities to benefit over 2,000 low-income individuals. In alignment with the national "Swachh Bharat" – the "Clean India" campaign – over 3,000 volunteers in India are participating in 13 initiatives across seven cities, cleaning beaches, greening and refurbishing schools, while also raising awareness of the national campaign. The Philippines is hosting 19 events in 10 cities, with 4,000 volunteers expected to directly impact 10,000 low-income individuals, including children, women, senior citizens and people with disabilities. In Korea, more than 2,000 volunteers are joining nearly 30 events across 12 cities to support activities related to environmental protection, including clean up events in Seoul Forest, Seoul national cemetery, Mountain Namsan and Ara waterway. In Thailand, volunteers are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the "School of Dream" project. In Japan, more than 800 volunteers are participating in various events across the country from Tokyo to Okinawa. Activities range from cleaning up beaches and rivers to making crafts and playing sports with underserved young people.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Across the United Kingdom, more than 3,000 Citi volunteers are involved in over 60 events, varying from sustainability initiatives to youth education and employment projects aligned with Pathways to Progress. In London, as part of the Evening Standard's ‘Estate We're In' campaign, Citi volunteers are working to relocate a Chelsea Flower Show garden to the Angell Town estate to beautify a park and also working with young adults to improve their resume and interview skills. In celebration of Citi's 100-year anniversary in Italy, volunteers are giving back to their communities by working on a range of projects, including those that protect the environment and promote a greener lifestyle. 300 Citi volunteers in Hungary are painting and clearing walking paths at the Wild Life Park near Budapest, while in Poland, 3,000 volunteers are working on 200 projects ranging from community refurbishment to youth education and sport activities. The "e3 - educate, empower, engage" campaign is bringing together 4,000 Citi volunteers across 23 countries in the Middle East and Africa, to empower youth through education and training. From a school supply collection in the UAE to an entrepreneurship training project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, activities across Middle East and Africa aim to improve the lives of more than 4,000 children.
Latin America and Mexico
In commemoration of Citi's 100-year anniversary in Colombia, nearly 2,000 volunteers across 13 cities are participating in environmental protection events and activities that support the educational achievement of young people. In Argentina, 600 volunteers are taking part in more than 20 events, including an extensive refurbishment effort for School No. 25 "William F. Gaebeler" in east Lanus. 1,000 volunteers across 10 cities in Brazil are donating their time and skills including delivering financial education workshops and helping to paint and repair schools and community centers. Across El Salvador, 2,000 volunteers will work on various activities including the beautification of eight schools, and Salvadorian Landmark Park "El Cafetalón" – which is located in park Santa Tecla and hosts more than 15,000 visitors per month. More than 150 volunteers in Panamá are helping to revitalize the Metropolitan Park. Among activities planned are projects including reforestation, and environmental cleanups. In Mexico, Citi is partnering with Cinepolis, a multinational movie theatre company, and community organizations across 115 cities to offer a movie experience and social events for more than 30,000 young people in foster care.
In New York City, Citi CEO Michael Corbat is one of 6,000 volunteers participating in more than 60 service projects, such as assembling and distributing bicycles for disadvantaged children, packing and distributing fresh produce to low income residents, activities in support of military veterans, coaching and mentoring young people involved with Pathways to Progress and park beautification and environmental conservation efforts. In Missouri, 2,000 Citi volunteers are working across 60 events, including assembling care packets, backpacks with school supplies and weekend food bags for 350 underserved kindergarteners. In California, more than 400 Citi volunteers are working on events ranging from environmental and healthy food stewardship activities to providing career coaching and mentoring to Los Angeles high school and college students. More than 300 Citi volunteers are giving back across Illinois, including beautifying a neighborhood block located on Chicago's South Side, and packing supplies at a food bank. In Texas, 2,000 Citi volunteers are participating in more than 30 events, including making fleece blankets and scarves to be distributed to community social service agencies. In Delaware, more than 500 Citi volunteers are joining 40 events including the Citi Skills Marathon, which brings teams of Citi employees together with select community partners to strengthen their organizational technology capacity. Across Canada, more than 1,000 volunteers are participating in more than 40 activities across the country, including preparing and serving meals, hosting donation drives and delivering a Citi Skills Marathon.
Please join the Global Community Day conversation on social media using the hashtags #CitiVolunteers and #StandForProgress. To learn more about Citi's citizenship efforts across the globe and to review the 2015 Global Citizenship Report, visit http://citizenship.citigroup.com.
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