9/11 is a good day to volunteer

Sep 11, 2009

Amway employees will be at several locations throughout West Michigan today as part of a community-wide “Day of Caring” organized each year by our local United Way.

There has been a big increase in participation this year – from 175 last year to around 240 this year. Everything from cleaning up camps to one-on-one mentoring will take place throughout the day.

We were speculating about the swell in interest this year. It certainly isn’t because there is less work to do. Employees are working harder than ever to execute Amway growth initiatives and support continuous improvement and innovation.

Of course, we want to attribute it to our communications plan or recruiting efforts. But it seems to me that people are just more attuned this year to what is happening in our communities. There’s higher unemployment, more foreclosures, more families drawing from food banks and other basic need programs.

United Way is in a unique position to scan the need at the community and systems level, and focus efforts in that area, whether through giving or volunteering. So when they make a call to go out and volunteer – on September 11 of all days – people respond.

Amway employees continue to be the largest corporate givers to United Way in West Michigan, and we hope to continue again this year. Just as important is that we aren’t afraid to step out of the office or the factory, roll up our sleeves, and lend a hand to our neighbors.

You can see how Amway and other companies are volunteering for today’s National Day of Service and Remembrance at the Business Civic Leadership Center’s website by clicking here.

2008 Day of Caring - YMCA Camp 2008 Day of Caring - Mentoring at the Children's Museum

  • 1 Comment

    • Guest says:

      i think this is a good way to give back to all the people who need help on a day like today

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