Michelman recently announced its employees around the world spent September 11 giving back to their communities. Hundreds of employees in the U.S., Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Singapore, India and Japan, participated in the fourth annual “Global Day of Service.”
“One of our core values at Michelman is giving,” said Steve Shifman, president and CEO. “To put that value into practice, and give back to the communities that have helped make our growth and success possible, we shut down worldwide operations for a fourth year in a row, on September 11. Our associates traveled into local communities around the world where they volunteered, worked and contributed. As we fanned out across the U.S., Europe and Asia, I could not have been more proud of the genuine giving spirit of the team here at Michelman.”
In the U.S., volunteer associates spent the day at locations including Giving Fields, a community farm that provides fresh produce for food pantries, soup kitchens, and other agencies that provide emergency food. Volunteers helped clear fields, harvest crops and prepare fields for the next growing season. Other Michelman groups traveled to Tender Mercies, a housing environment for homeless adults with mental illnesses, where they facilitated games, prepared care packages and led exercise classes; and at Easter Seals, an organization that helps individuals with disabilities and special needs, as well as their families, live better lives.
In China, Michelman employees, along with a team from the company’s long-time sales and service agent Kelly Chemical, donated or collected secondhand, used and unused items, and held a public welfare fair to raise funds for the poor and under privileged in the Hua Qiang area of Shanghai.
In Singapore, volunteers took groups of low-income school children on three different field trips. They visited the Singapore Science Centre, the Singapore Discovery Center, and the Sungel Buloh Wetland Reserve.
In India, Steve Shifman, President and CEO employees spent time at an old age home as well as a girls and boys orphanage, where they visited with and befriended residents, and provided hospitality including food and personal care items.
In Japan, volunteers helped clean and beautify Heijima Park to support the local community in Ginan-sho, a town located in Hashima District, Gifu Prefecture, Central Japan.
In Europe, employees spread out across nine different locations including La Petite Plante, a residential service for adults with multiple disabilities and at Natagora–Marais de la Cussignière à Musson, a nature reserve where they helped with outdoor maintenance and landscaping duties. At Fondation Kraizbierg, a center for individuals with disabilities, and at Maison de la Sainte Famille, a facility for dementia and Alzheimer patients, volunteers also helped with maintenance landscaping jobs. At schools including Ecole Libre de Lamorteau, Ecole Primaire de Tintigny and Ecoloe Communale d’Attert, volunteers took on tasks including painting, landscaping and light building projects.
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