It starts at home: Ada, Michigan, USA

Jan 04, 2013

Our journey through the year starts in Ada, Michigan, in the United States. That’s where Amway world headquarters is located, very near the Greater Grand Rapids community where we do a lot of our volunteer work.


In 2012, we spent a lot of time enhancing the education of children, particularly those from low-income neighborhoods where schools are often under-resourced, adding two new schools as partners.

Employees served as pen pals to improve literacy skills, mentors to provide weekly one-on-one tutoring and Christmas celebrations to ensure students had family gifts for the holidays.

Our team deepened our focus on high school students, launching the first Amway Youth Career Summit at our headquarters, and sponsoring a Beautiful U summit to build self-esteem in young girls. As in previous years, we provided job shadowing, group mentoring and speakers for our public schools.

After studying, kids need to play too. Amway employees helped build a playground with local community members, organized games for the Special Olympics, and hosted parties at the local children’s hospital – even bringing Miss America along for one memorable visit.

That’s not all that happened in 2012. There were department volunteer days, meal packing, fundraisers, nonprofit board service and much more. We were even recognized by the State Governor for these efforts.

They say charity starts at home, and it’s not altogether surprising to see Amway One by One activities happening around the world, when you see the groundswell of generosity and passion happening right where Amway begins.

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