Archive for 2013

Population: 305

Tuesday, 31 December, 2013

Tonight, millions will crowd Times Square, where earlier this year we announced the Amway Universal Children’s Day on a jumbotron. It will be loud!

But travel with us to a quieter place. It’s in the state of Jalisco in southwest Mexico – a farming community with a total population of 305.

There you will find Rancho El Petecal, a 1,400-acre certified organic farm that has the perfect climate of sunshine and rain to grow things like spinach, kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, oregano, sage and asparagus.

The farm is owned by Amway, and the plants are used to make Nutrilite vitamins and supplements sold by Amway Business Owners in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

Our farm managers tell us that when you work in a village that small, you become part of the community, and your vitality is intricately tied to the success of the families that live and work there.

But there are great needs to address. Local familieis struggle with education, health care, nutrition, literacy, dental health, access to technology and more.

As the history of Rancho El Petecal has deepened, so has its leaders’ commitment to helping our neighbors and their children to reach their potential.

It starts with providing our company’s products, because we want to share the best health and nutrition products available.

So there are regular distributions of things like Nutrilite nutritional supplements and Glister toothpaste to children and adults. In addition, Amway employees have hosted educational programs that promote healthy habits and teach people how best to care for themselves.

Amway also contributes directly toward healthcare, including the support of a local physician, Dr. Sandra Romo, who has lived and worked in the village for more than a decade.

Amway partners with local governments and nonprofits to ensure there is adequate medical care, dental care and immunizations.

Education can be a crucial element in moving out of poverty for children and adults.

There are programs that support local schools, scholarships for local children going to college, and literacy and computer programs for adult workers.

A community shares its celebrations, and Rancho El Petecal is no exception. We celebrate our holidays, graduations, the birth of children and more.

Why? Because we know our futures are tied together in this small world, as well as the bigger one.

Thanks to Gerardo Gordillo for sharing these stories, and to the passion and compassion of our Nutrilite staff in Rancho El Petecal.

One day in Russia

Monday, 30 December, 2013

On November 20, more than 500 Amway Business Owners came together – not in one place, but all over the country.

Over the past few months, Amway Russia has rolled out a new charitable foundation, and a new initiative called, “To Children With Love.” Amway leaders and local partners aim to elevate issues of positive parenting, while providing tools and learnings to prevent abuse and help parents raise healthy children that reach their full potential.

So it was no surprise that the focus on Amway Universal Children’s Day was to help out at crisis and rehabilitation centers, the partners that can have the most impact on helping both children and parents in need.

Some volunteers helped to renovate the inside and outside of the buildings where children live or visit to receive services. Others hosted classes for families to encourage positive interactions. At other locations, volunteers provided toys and coloring books to children and makeovers to young girls.

On this special day, Amway volunteers gave a taste of what is to come in Russia through advocacy, giving, volunteering and care – one person at a time, one by one.

Watch for more stories about our global volunteer day.

One day in India

Thursday, 26 December, 2013

One day was not enough for all of the activities that Amway India would host for the first Amway Universal Children’s Day.

Across India, the Amway Opportunity Foundation partnered with 40 organizations to help more than 3,000 children. From health care to children’s fairs to workshops, Amway people were out volunteering.

One great story came from the Amway offices in Andhari. Employees set up displays for partner organizations including the National Association for the Blind, Creative Handicrafts, the Smile Foundation, Brahamanand Parishthan and Mahila Mandal Samiti. Each organization was able to tell their story, and each had games or activities meant to engage visitors and invite them to make donations, or purchase handicrafts that raised money for each cause.

In a single day, the activities raised more than 55,000 INR (nearly $1,000 USD). Perhaps more important, the organizations found new friends and advocates who will continue to help further their missions.

Thanks to Raj Narain and Anju Prasad for organizing these successful events and sharing their stories. Watch out for more global Children’s Day stories from guest blogger Bryleigh Loughlin in the upcoming weeks.

Special delivery for Christmas!

Monday, 23 December, 2013

Christmas came early for 2,500 children on a snowy Saturday near Amway headquarters.

As part of the Amway Universal Children’s Day, employees in Ada, Michigan assembled bicycles for Elves & More, an organization that chooses one underserved neighborhood each year and showers it with free bikes to every child for the holidays.

The 1,400 bicycles Amway provided, in addition to the 1,100 that Elves & More was already planning, added up to the largest bike delivery in the history of the program.

Check out the local news coverage or our Facebook photo gallery.

A bicycle represents freedom, joy and self-reliance. And it’s extra special when it is provided with a glad heart and willing hands.

Thanks to all of those who lent their hands and their hearts to this project, and special thanks to project leaders Julie Boehr, Susan Bowles, Marcie McCann and Lisa Bortolussi.

And Merry Christmas from all of us on the Amway One by One team!

Breaking the cycle

Friday, 20 December, 2013

We just posted a new video to our YouTube channel about a program supported by Amway Independent Business Owners in the US, led by longtime leaders Jody and Kathy Victor, called the US Dream Academy. Amazing work being done in Washing DC and throughout the country!

From hopes to dreams

Thursday, 19 December, 2013

The Amway Hope Maker Foundation in Taiwan has launched a new campaign that helps children pursue their dreams.

The Pursue Your Dream Campaign asked children to share their dreams for what they want to be when they grow up. Some of the best applications covered a range that included sports competitions, education, art and culture

A 12-judge panel included government officials, celebrities, and the Foundation board and senior Amway Business Owners in Taiwan. The selected applicants were asked to give a presentation and answer questions in front of the judges. The general public was also asked to vote on their favorites.

 

Six final winners were awarded Dream Funds totaling NT$7,936,000 (US$ 271 K). They included the sponsorships to three sports teams, a young jazz band composed by several blind players, a college association for children in remote areas, and a canoeing tour around the island that hosted girls who had been abused.

 

The hope makers are now dream makers!

One Day in Canada

Wednesday, 18 December, 2013

So much happened on November 20 – the first Amway Universal Children’s Day. Over the next few months, we’ll interrupt our regular posts to share some of the great stories and photos from that day. Here’s the first.

Amway Independent Business Owners and employees in Canada sprang into action with longtime partner agencies in the London, Ontario community.

They volunteered serving meals to hungry families at the South London Neighbourhood Resource Center, a United Way agency. They also assembled and distributed meals to families in nearby neighborhoods for the London Food Bank.

Here are some of the photos we found on our #amwayonebyone Instagram photomap.

One story of one volunteer

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013

What were you doing in 1972?

Amway employee Bill Dombrowski was volunteering.

That year, Bill recognized the lack of organized sports for youth with disabilities, and helped to organize the Buffaloes, a basketball team under the local chapter of Special Olympics.

“At first, there was nobody to play against,” says Bill. “But just showing up was important to these guys, and it continues to be important today.”

More than 40 years later, there are 150 Special Olympics basketball teams across the state of Michigan. The Buffaloes are still going strong. Win or lose, the players are committed because the game is about more than competition. It’s about friendship, loyalty, achievement and recognition.

Bill still coaches the team, along with Jim Ayres, another Amway employee. Last year, Bill partnered with Amway to purchase new uniforms, and he continues to handle all of the logistics – reserving facilities, scheduling games, arranging transportation and finding opponents.

Recently, Bill received the Michigan Special Olympics Chairman’s Award, given each year to a person who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment.

We can’t think of a better recipient, or a better example for all of us to follow.

Pictured: Jim Ayres (left), Bill Dombrowski (right)

Making a difference – one by one

Monday, 16 December, 2013

What does it mean to help “one by one” when you are part of an organization of millions? Here are two examples from South Korea.

In the middle of the City of Seoul, Sang-Doo Kim manages volunteer and giving projects for Amway and its employees and business owners. With background as a social worker himself, Sang-Doo has spent the last decade of his career encouraging others to help children in Korea.

From afterschool tutoring to cleaning projects to sports programs, Amway people can be found helping foster children throughout Korea, in large part because of the efforts of Sang-Doo and his team.

Last week, Sang-Doo was recognized by the Mayor of Seoul and the Seoul Association of Social Workers – not only for his work, but the help that he works to inspire through hundreds of Amway volunteers.

On the other side of town, Jae-Chul Park manages the Jamsil Amway Plaza in South Korea. The plaza is not only a showcase and distribution center for Amway products. It is also an important hub for organizing volunteer projects. Jae-Chul has made volunteering a business priority, supporting local foster children at the government Child Welfare Centers.

Last month, Jae-Chul was recognized for his leadership, and accepted an award from the City of Seoul for the efforts of Amway volunteers who help out at four Social Welfare Centers in the local Song-Pa community, all through the Jamsil Amway Plaza.

There are many more acts that go unrecognized, but we are excited when the world notices, and we thank our friends for all their work to help children, one by one.

Thanks from Steve and Doug

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013

Here’s a thanks to all of you who participated in the November 20 Amway Universal Children’s Day, from Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos – with some images of the big day: