Are Corporate Volunteer Days Worth It?

Jan 23, 2014

The Triple Pundit published our guest post about our exprience with global volunteer days, and a discussion around whether they are worth the time and expense. (spoiler alert: they are valuable if they are about more than just volunteering)

Here’s the link: http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/01/corporate-volunteer-days-worth

Losing Control

Jan 21, 2014

We were recently invited to write an article for the Your Mark on the World blog by Devon Thorpe, a Forbes contributor and self-proclaimed “champion of social good.”

Here’s a link to the story about losing control over our global programs … which we found was a good thing! 

http://yourmarkontheworld.com/post/71005216045/amway-one-by-one-losing-control

Watch what happened on one day

Jan 16, 2014

For those of us who volunteer regularly, we know that change doesn’t usually happen in a single day. So why did we organize a global volunteer day?

–It was about celebrating 10 years of generosity.

–It was about demonstrating to the world – and to ourselves – that we are committed to helping children in a big way.

–It was about an experience for thousands of people, many volunteering for the first time.

–It was about transforming our communities at a very local level, while being part of something truly global.

We just finished our global video, a collage of what happens when people in 57 countries all join together for a common cause:

A List of Lists

Jan 15, 2014

As we close out one year and launch into another one, many experts are summarizing our learnings in simple lists.

The best … the top … the greatest … the most interesting …

Whether you believe lists are oversimplifications or effective communication tools, we’ve gathered 10 of the best lists in this roundup, including one of our own:

A support for both teachers and students in Vietnam

Jan 13, 2014

At Amway, recognition is important.

We recognize Amway Business Owners at every stage of their journey in building a business, with many supporters there to help and cheer them on.

In the spirit of recognition, Amway Vietnam launched a new partnership with the Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper in cooperation with Youth Unions and Departments of Education and Training. It’s all about recognizing orphaned children – and their teachers – for their hard work and accomplishments.

At a ceremony last month, 308 middle school and high school students across 7 regions were given scholarships. As a special bonus, 19 of their teachers were given scholarships too.

Special trips, soft skill classes, and ceremonies like the one held in December are all part of the initiative called, “Joining Hands to Overcome Difficulties.”

With passionate teachers and dedicated students, there is nothing they won’t overcome.

Thanks to Nguyen Thu Hang, Dao Thi Bich Thuy and Duong Thi Ha Lan for sharing this story.

Amway Founders Council: The Britts

Jan 09, 2014

A few months ago, we told the story of a legacy. It follows Bill and Peggy Britt, Amway Founders Council leaders who have inspired other leaders in their Britt Worldwide organization to help others.

We just finished a video that helps bring the story to life, following the work of a childcare center in Bronx, New York.

Thanks to everyone who has a part of this amazing work, and who opened their doors and their hearts to us!

One day in Indonesia

Jan 06, 2014

For Amway leaders in Indonesia, the Amway Universal Children’s Day on November 20 was all about books: collecting books, delivering books, upgrading school libraries, and encouraging children to read.

According to a UNESCO report, interest in reading is low in Indonesia compared to other countries in Asia and Europe, says Amway Indonesia President Koen Verheyen. He says that a big part of the reason is that there are not enough books, which can be expensive to purchase.

Amway called on its people to help. Amway Indonesia headquarters in Jakarta became a collection point for books that would be given to two schools: SD Sompok and SD Kedungmiri. Both schools were chosen because they were destroyed in an earthquake in 2007, and were still in stages of rebuilding.

 

More than 650 books were collected. And to ensure that the books don’t stay on the shelves, the schools are developing a point system, where there will be prizes for every ten books that are checked out and read by a student.

While volunteers donated books, Amway donated computers and printers to round out the learning experience. Amway Business Owners and employees also created a “Wall of Support” and each signed it with words of encouragement for the students.

A ceremony was held a few weeks after the November 20 book collection, to launch the new libraries and reading award programs. They signify a new start, and a full community of supporters that will wrap their arms around the students, one by one.

Thanks to Riana Nurwulan and Ike Yulianti for sharing this story.

The Difference is Love

Jan 03, 2014

Dyslexia is the most common type of special learning difficulty in Hong Kong, experienced by approximately 10% of students.

Amway believes that children can develop their full potential with appropriate guidance and support even when they encounter learning disabilities. Since 2008, Amway Hong Kong has been collaborating with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA).

In 2013, Amway launched two-year partnership called the “Love Difference.” This community education project will provide multisensory learning support, while raising awareness and understanding of dyslexia among the general public.

Since its launch in June, Amway Hong Kong has held six activities including volunteer training, community awareness days, experiential learning and more. The program is supported by more than 330 Amway “Happy Learning Ambassador” volunteers who have helped 2,820 children this year alone.

Here’s how it works:

 

Art creation inspires children to develop their art talents.

Children visit elderly homes to improve social skills while showing love and care.

Children realize their strength through different extracurriculuar activities.

Children are accompanied by Happy Learning Ambassadors to explore nature.

With our many partners, will make a difference!

 

Thanks to Yvonne So and Cynthia Chin for sharing this story.

Good – and good for you!

Jan 02, 2014

A new report says that volunteering is good for your health, and for your career.

United Health Group worked with Harris Interactive to survey adults in the US about the impact of volunteering and discovered health benefits, lower stress levels, a deeper connection to communities and others, and more engagement in personal health.

76% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier and 94% of people who volunteered in the last twelve months say that volunteering improves their mood.

The survey also found strong support for volunteering as a boost to work skills like time management, collaboration, teamwork and professional job skills.

49% of people new to volunteering said that volunteering has helped with their career in the paid job market and 56% of new volunteers felt that volunteering would help their career. Even more, 71% agreed that volunteering has provided them with job-related contacts and networking opportunities.

Now … do you really need any more reasons to make volunteering your New Year’s resolution?

Population: 305

Dec 31, 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.