Looking back on recent years, there’s been no shortage of inspiring moments amidst an uncertain social, political and economic landscape. The way communities have risen to the occasion in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, military conflicts and more, reaffirms my belief that hope and progress will always prevail.
Many challenges still persist, however, and the need to come together in support of our communities remains. This past month, Citi celebrated its 18th annual Global Community Day (GCD), our yearly campaign aimed at uplifting our communities through volunteer service around the world. In all corners of the globe, we returned to in-person volunteering in full force for the first time in three years, and while the pandemic showed us the power and value of virtual volunteering, there’s nothing quite like being side by side with colleagues on-site, making a tangible impact.
Everywhere you looked this past month, it was clear that Citi colleagues were eager to support local communities and the causes that are most important to them. From beach cleanups in Japan to bike builds in New York, food drives in Nigeria and youth mentoring sessions in Latin America and much more, over 70,000 volunteer engagements took place across 83 countries and territories.
It’s not just about the numbers though, it’s about the way we continue to roll up our sleeves alongside our families and friends to put in the work that drives positive change in our communities. That’s what makes GCD one of my favorite parts of the year. A big thank you to everyone who joined this past month – here’s to keeping that same spirit of volunteerism alive year-round.