AmCham hosted its 13th Corporate Community Day (CCD) on October 17, 2015. CCD is an initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of volunteerism. Bringing to life their belief in the importance of corporate and societal excellence, the participating organizations hope to continue to make positive and lasting impacts on the communities in which they work and live. CCD 2015 saw 77 participating companies and organizations with more than 2,000 employees volunteering in a wide array of activities ranging from tree planting to food distribution. The activities benefited more than 8,000 Singaporeans.
AmCham held its own CCD event with the generous support of Citi. In addition the AmCham staff, volunteers from member companies AviationLearn, FTG, Organisation Solutions, Ostergaard & Co, The People at Work, and Xerox joined the event at the Jurong Bird Park. This year AmCham partnered with its selected charity, the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF). The staff and representatives from the member companies spent the day with the beneficiaries watching different bird shows and enjoyed a delicious lunch sponsored by YUM!
U.S. Embassy Singapore
The U.S. Embassy organized its CCD event with Special Olympics Singapore. The Embassy’s staff and volunteers teamed up with athletes from the Special Olympics Group and had a wonderful time competing in a friendly bowling competition. The top three highest scoring teams won trophies awarded by Deputy Chief of Mission Blair Hall and his wife. Besides hosting its own CCD event, the U.S. Embassy also participated in many of the member companies’ CCD activities. This year U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar participated in six events and DCM Blair Hall participated in five events.
Citi showed strong volunteering spirit with over 30 Citibankers who personally delivered sponsored gift packs to HCA Hospice Care as a collaborative support for Project Home Cheer. The volunteers also brought cheer and positivity to the terminally-ill patients by interacting with them.
General Electric (GE) collaborated with South West CDC for the Adopt-a-Precinct event at Jurong Central. GE volunteers carried out house cleaning for 18 households with the elderly as the main target group for their contribution to Singapore as its pioneer generation.
IBM collaborated with South East Community Development Council as part of a Corporate Community Laboratory. The IBM volunteers interacted with the residents of Pertapis Halfway House to gain insights into their needs and challenges and came up with initiatives to assist their integration into the community. The volunteers led workshops to provide the beneficiaries knowledge on job interviews and job searches.
KKR partnered with the Nature Society of Singapore, CITIC Envirotech, Goodpack, and Hill+Knowlton for a forest clean-up event at Pulau Ubin. Over 60 volunteers contributed to the cleaning up of Singapore’s last rural area.
Stamford American International School
Stamford American International School, Cognita, Camp Asia, and Real Madrid Foundation Technical Academy partnered together to host beneficiaries from Beyond Social Services for an afternoon of fun-filled activities. The children had a great time learning how to make pizza along with Head Super Chef Tim Ong before spending an eventful time learning soccer tips and tricks with coaches from Real Madrid Foundation Technical Academy.
CCD 2015 Participants:
This is the 13th year that AmCham has organized CCD. The inaugural event was held in 2003, with six companies and 450 volunteers. Event participation has increased tremendously since then, as more companies have started new or expanded existing CSR initiatives. AmCham organizes this annual event to encourage member companies and their employees not only to get involved with CCD, but to commit to volunteerism throughout the year.