On June 7, The Children’s Aid Society was thrilled to welcome nearly 60 Citi volunteers to our Wagon Road Camp in Chappaqua, NY, for Citi’s 2014 Global Community Day. Volunteers from many areas of Citi, including bankers, branch managers, and technology, rolled up their sleeves to help prepare our camp for its summer season.
After a rousing pep talk, Citi volunteers got ready to get to work! Volunteers organized into teams and chose from a variety of projects – from staining fences and decks, patching holes in the athletic field with top-of-the-line-soil, to re-sanding the camp’s horse corral and wood chipping.
The work was arduous but Citi volunteers were more than up to the task. They had over 110 tons of top soil, sand and wood chips and eight gallons of paint and stain to work with. And they did it all with sweat on their backs and smiles on their faces.
In just a matter of hours, the volunteers made a big dent in completing these large-scale projects. “You really made this all happen,” Eddie Mezger, Wagon Road’s foreman told the volunteers at the end of the day.
Citi also covered the cost of all supplies, including some high-quality products Children’s Aid would otherwise go without, noted Kat Connelly, our director of volunteer services.
Citi’s dedicated volunteers came from near and far to lend a helping hand, making the day a great success.
“It’s really special to have people from all different parts of the company coming together for a common purpose,” said Rosemary Byrnes, senior program officer at the Citi Foundation.
“The day is important,” she continued, because “it allows us to work with a partner we have a strong relationship with and further develop our engagement with them.”
And doing more means our high-needs kids have a place of respite. Keeping Wagon Road in top shape is challenging but crucial—hundreds of children look forward to camp each year. Support from our partners, like Citi, helps make it possible.
Thank you, Citi, and your incredible volunteers!