On May 22 and 23, Charles Schwab employees across the United States donated their time to four Goodwill agencies as part of the annual Schwab Volunteer Week, a week-long event during which Schwab employees across the United States perform community service projects benefiting more than 100 nonprofit organizations. GoodwillNyNj was lucky enough to be a host, benefited from the efforts of 25 amazing volunteers this year along with a generous donation of $500 from Schwab.
Our volunteers joined us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m from all over New York City and New Jersey to volunteer in four GoodwillNyNj areas: the industrial contracts shop, the retail processing center, Ecommerce, and the PROS program.
Some volunteers worked alongside participants with disabilities at tables packing and assembling; others helped retail workers sorting clothing and shoes, hanging and racking clothing; more helped Ecommerce workers with disabilities to scan books and CDs, wrap and load packages, as well as organize computer equipment for Goodwill’s Reconnect program; and still more played board games and participated in art projects with participants in the PROS program, which serves adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Everyone had a job to do and everyone made a difference.
At the end of the day, participants and volunteers painted a mural where everyone left their mark in the new masterpiece creation: “The Things I Love of Spring.”
“The Schwab employees had such a rewarding experience and will cherish their volunteering hours at the Goodwill NY-NJ facility forever,” said Joette Faherty, Sr. Manager, Schwab Corporate Security in New York.
Of course, it was sad to say good-bye, but we don’t think we’ll be apart for too long – quite a few volunteers vowed to return to volunteers as individuals in various programs.
“It was a tremendous day of observing, learning and contributing to a truly worthy organization,” said Tom Cantillon, managing director of the Schwab New York Metro Region. “Volunteerism is infectious!”
If your company would like to volunteer at Goodwill, please contact Jose Medellin, Goodwill’s Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org.