NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Citi celebrates its 12th annual Global Community Day, as more than 100,000 Citi volunteers in 500 cities spanning 91 countries and territories engage in service activities in their local communities. In the days leading up to and including Global Community Day, Citi colleagues, alumni, clients, family and friends volunteer on more than 1,500 service projects ranging from urban revitalization to mentorship and job skills training, literacy and education, environmental conservation and disaster relief.
Global Community Day offers a wide range of service opportunities to work alongside community and non-profit partners to help improve our cities and neighborhoods. Many of the youth involved with the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative are participating at volunteer events globally. In the U.S., Citi volunteers will also work with innovative community organizations that are part of the Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund.
Citi is once again partnering with Bloomberg volunteers on select projects around the world from New York City to Mumbai to Paris.
“Citi’s annual Global Community Day is an important event for our firm and one I always look forward to,” said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. “It provides an opportunity to deepen our relationships with communities we serve, which is absolutely vital to our business success. And it shows the impact we can have when our people show up in force—more than 100,000 strong this year.”
Since the inaugural Global Community Day in 2006, Citi volunteers have contributed more than three million hours of service to Global Community Day projects in hundreds of cities. This year, Citi volunteers will lead hundreds of community projects across the world, some of which include:
Across Asia Pacific, there are more than 250 volunteer activities including:
- In Singapore, volunteers are helping young people become career-ready through a series of activities including mentoring and a Design-Your-Career simulation.
- In Australia, volunteers are leading workshops for young people from the Brotherhood of St. Laurence’s “Creating Futures for Youth” program to help improve their employability.
- In China, Citi is participating in events that deliver financial education through fun games to children and senior citizens.
- In Indonesia, volunteers are raising funds to buy coffee roasting machines to help low-income coffee farmers boost business and donating shoes to the farmers’ children.
- In Japan, volunteers are participating in events to improve the environment, brighten the lives of children with serious illnesses and raise awareness to promote diversity and workplace equality.
Latin America and Mexico
Across Latin America and Mexico, there are more than 100 volunteer activities including:
- In Mexico, volunteers are engaging in a range of activities from donating, packing and serving meals to delivering financial education. Citi’s CEO Mike Corbat volunteered at the Emiliano Zapata primary school helping to revitalize learning spaces and joined volunteers at the Food Bank Association to help distribute nutritional food to families in need.
- Citi Venezuela is celebrating 100 years in the country, and as part of Global Community Day, volunteers are revitalizing the green spaces of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- In Colombia, Citi volunteers are working alongside corporate clients and the Mayor of Bogotá to revitalize the city’s downtown area.
- Together with the Red Cross and the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Citi volunteers in Haiti are contributing to the reforestation of Canaan in Croix-des-Bouquets by planting 3,000 trees and facilitating an environmental awareness session at a local school on the importance of preserving the environment and recycling.
- In the Bahamas, Citi volunteers are organizing a children’s fair at the Bahamas Crisis Centre and also helping to makeover the Centre’s playroom and host a financial planning session for parents.
- In Costa Rica, volunteers are helping clean up beaches to protect endangered Lora turtles.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Across Europe, Middle East and Africa, there are nearly 500 volunteer activities including:
- Across the United Kingdom, Citi volunteers are participating in sustainability-related efforts, helping deliver career ready programming for young people, and redecorating a primary school to improve the learning environment.
- In Czech Republic, volunteers are revitalizing community spaces, including at a senior citizen’s center, a women and children’s shelter and a hospital. They are also holding a mentoring/job shadowing session with Junior Achievement.
- In Greece, volunteers are revitalizing a children’s summer camp to ensure children have a safe and clean place to play.
- Volunteers in Romania are beautifying the green area of Fundeni hospital by clearing trash and putting up a playground, a small greenhouse and a picnic area for hospitalized children.
- For the second year, Citi volunteers in the Middle East and Africa are participating in efforts that support the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. Volunteers are empowering youth through an educational drive, which aims to reduce educational inequality and lower the barriers that youth face when they access the workforce.
- In Nigeria, volunteers are leading sporting activities, financial literacy and entrepreneurship workshops, and donating school supplies.
Across the United States and Canada, there are nearly 700 volunteer activities including:
- At Citi’s global headquarters in New York City, Citi is teaming up with Feeding Children Everywhere to assemble over 200,000 healthy meals to help combat hunger, beautifying and cleaning up green spaces along the Hudson River, assembling and distributing bicycles for low-income youth, and writing ‘Thank You’ letters and packing hygiene kits for veterans.
- In Arizona, Citi is partnering with The National Recreation and Parks Association to beautify parks in the state and at other Citi Service Centers across the U.S.
- In Florida, Citi volunteers are sorting and organizing food at the North Florida Food Bank in Jacksonville, painting and cleaning public spaces in Liberty City as part of the Miami Children’s Initiative’s block by block approach, and removing litter and debris from the Tampa seashore for World Oceans Day.
- In New Jersey, Citi volunteers are creating costumes for children in local hospitals, making a difference for young people and veterans by conducting mock interviews for professional IT jobs, and planting at the Wagner Farm Arboretum, a farm that helps increase environmental awareness.
- In Canada, Citi volunteers are hosting mock interviews to help youth increase their employability, cleaning the parkland behind Hershey Centre, building a home with Habitat for Humanity and preparing and serving meals for those in need.
Please join the Global Community Day conversation on social media using the hashtag #CitiVolunteers. To learn more about Citi’s citizenship efforts across the globe and to review the 2016 Global Citizenship Report, visit http://citizenship.citigroup.com.
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