AmCham CARES 2018 Weekly Recipient Highlight: Special Needs
AbbVie colleagues have participated in the Week of Possibilities for the third year in a row in 2017, engaging with disadvantaged children, youth with special needs, the intellectually disabled, and the elderly. Volunteers gave it their all to also spruce up the Metta Home in Woodlands and to prepare food (and sing popular Chinese songs!) with the elderly at a rehabilitation center. Finally, AbbVie volunteers learned to make pasta and cookies with the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home to help disadvantaged children.
AIG SG has promoted the importance of road safety from young age by providing approximately 4,800 pre-schoolers in Singapore with a meaningful learning experience under its Road Safety Program, in partnership with the Singapore Traffic Police. AIG has also supported communities through its Disabilities&Allies and Women&Allies ERGs — whether it is collaborating with UN Women Singapore under its “Girls2Pioneer” program or participating in basketball matches with Singapore National Wheelchair Basketball athletes.
Every year, Cargill works with its charity partners to provide nearly 3,000 food packages to elderly and less-privileged families across Singapore, as well as organizing charity event Run for Rice and distributing 1,500 kg of rice to more than 3,000 migrant workers around Singapore. In addition, Cargill supports children’s education and well-being through their partnerships with Grace Orchard School, Pertapis children’s home, Junior Achievement Singapore, and Care Corner.
Through Deloitte SG Cares, Deloitte is led by their purpose to make an impact that matters, and it is this purpose that defines who they are, binds them together, and drives them to put their passion, determination, and skills to good use for the benefit of society. Through skills-based volunteering, strategic partnership with charities, and other initiatives, Deloitte professional are making a positive difference by focusing on chosen causes such as youth & education, disability integration, and the elderly.
Way back in the 1980s, employees inherited Kemin‘s mindset on the philosophy of giving back, and this philosophy continues to be reflected in the work of Kemin volunteers in recent years. In January 2018, employees were sponsored by Kemin to distribute additional food items and gift vouchers to needy families on a door-to-door basis. In November of 2016, a group of Kemin employees went to Nepal to rebuild houses for victims of the Nepal Earthquake, and back in 2011, Kemin sent employees to Cambodia to help victims of war set up a chicken farm.
Kimberly-Clark is committed to improving the lives of 25 million people in need by 2022 by increasing access to sanitation, helping children thrive, and empowering women and girls. In support of SG Cares, Kimberly-Clark launched Singapore’s first community diaper bank in partnership with People’s Association and the South West Community Development Council. The Huggies Diaper Bank will provide a million diapers over three years to the district’s low-income families with babies, thus helping to defray the costs of this essential baby care item.
Mandarin Orchard jointly championed its annual Stars of Christmas community program with parent company OUE Limited for the eighth year, bringing Christmas cheer to beneficiaries of non-profit organizations providing programs and services to underprivileged children, and those with special needs and illnesses. The three-part program ended with a Toy Run activity, with volunteer riders on a fleet of Harley Davidson motorcycles and Maserati cars on Orchard Road. The employees of Mandarin Orchard SG cheered on the riders as their convoy set off to deliver Christmas presents to more than 1,500 beneficiaries.
PwC‘s CSR program matches their employees’ skills to the needs of local community organizations and encourages them to develop their life experience through volunteering. Since 2005, they have collaborated with YMCA of Singapore to send volunteers of various grades to more than 10 cities in 6 countries including locations such as Nepal, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The expeditions include teaching of English, life skills workshops, and building of infrastructure. They also regularly partner with Parkinson Society Singapore, Sundac, the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, and Community Chest.
CSR has been a part of the Survival Chic (SC) philosophy since Day 1 — for every Survey Chic Membership sold, Survey Chic allocated $10 to an entrepreneur in a developing country via Kiva. To date, Survey Chic has allocated over $46,000 SGD to more than 1,300 entrepreneurs around the world, helping them realize their dreams and support their families. Survey Chic Team Members also regularly volunteer for specific projects in Singapore and the region, such as at the Cheshire Home for the Severely Disabled, Action Cambodge Handicap (ACH), and Junior Achievement (JA).
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