The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore hosted its 14th Corporate Community Day (CCD) on October 22, 2016 in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy Singapore. CCD is an initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of volunteerism as well as a symbol of our commitment to contributing to our local communities.
As the largest one-day volunteer event, CCD 2016 saw over 60 participating companies and organizations with more than 2,000 employees and individuals volunteering in a wide array of activities ranging from conducting workshops at the local secondary school to food distribution to needy families in Singapore and spending time with the elderly at a local community center. 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.
In collaboration with its charity partner for 2016, AmCham organized its inaugural Fair Price Walk for Rice @South East at ITE College East. The walk raised a total of 47, 687 bowls of rice for low-income families in the South East District. The event was graced by the Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, and joined by Guests of Honor U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar and South East District Mayor and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, who flagged off 400 walkers.
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 competition of badminton and captain’s ball. Beside 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 Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath participated in five events.
Cognizant Technology Solutions
As the official STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industry partner by Science Centre, Cognizant Outreach conducted an engaging and fun STEM workshop as part of its global initiative called Making the Future. Volunteer associates from the Business Consulting and Digital Engagement Practice designed a workshop for students from Yio Chu Kang Secondary School, where they learned about the mobile app development process. The students and volunteers had a positive time learning from one another.
Emergenetics Calean & Sage Pte Ltd
Emergenetics-Asia Pacific collaborated with South West Community Development Council to launch the “Let’s-Paint-A-VWO @ South West” as part of Corporate Community Day. The activity which was to paint inspiring wall murals was conducted at St Luke’s Eldercare. The volunteers made up of clients, friends and family led and and engaged with the seniors in a coloring activity and brought color and vibrancy to the lives of the beneficiaries, through mural art.
As part of MacDonald’s continuous support and commitment towards doing good for the community, more than 35 employees from McDonald’s Singapore attended “Walk with Us, Stamp out Stigma” in collaboration with World Mental Health Day. The Walk which was organised by 15 community partners including Agency of Integrated Care (AIC), Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) was graced by Guest of Honour, Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament. The team joined more than 1,300 members of public to take a healthy stroll around Orchard Road as part of raising awareness on reducing the stigma towards persons with mental illness and their families as well as distributed 1,300 sets of Egg McMuffins and Apple Pies after the walk.
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
Procter & Gamble (P&G), hosted the P&G Special Olympics Day in conjunction with Corporate Community Day 2016. The event which was held at United World College – East Campus (UWC) was joined by P&G employees and their families. Through this event, P&G joins Special Olympics Singapore in providing children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. Volunteer participated in sporting activities such as basketball and badminton to promote social inclusion among individuals with and without intellectual disabilities.
CCD 2016 Participants:
This is the 14th 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.