CINCINNATI — Michelman held its 7th annual Commitment to Community Day on Sept. 21, 2018, when teams of employees from offices in the United States, Belgium, Luxembourg, China, Singapore, India and Japan volunteered their time at numerous nonprofits, schools and charitable organizations around the globe.
“While giving is a core value here at Michelman and can be seen on a daily basis, our annual Commitment to Community day has become a special day that our entire team looks forward to each year. I’m extremely proud of the energy our associates put into this important event and thank each and every one of them for their caring and volunteering spirit,” said Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman.
In the United States, associates spent the day assisting staffers at organizations including Teen Challenge Cincinnati, Easter Seals, People Working Cooperatively, and Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center. Volunteer efforts included helping with meals, cleaning transportation vehicles, painting and landscaping, and washing dishes.
In Europe, Michelman volunteers were spotted building a henhouse at Ecole Communale, a local village school in Belgium; weeding and gardening at Maison des Jeunes Aubange, a local youth house also in Aubange; and renovating furniture at Fondation Kraizbierg Domaine Schumansbongert, a resident care center for elderly disabled. Other volunteer destinations included EPAMS 55 – ITEP de Montmédy, a youth club; Maison Ste. Famille ACIS, a home and daycare center for the mentally disabled; and Ecoles Fondamentales Libres Chiny, a local school.
In Asia, Michelman teams spread out across China, Singapore, India and Japan. As part of Michelman’s purpose of innovating a sustainable future, associates from China helped categorize rubbish for recycling at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Jiangsu.
Michelman’s volunteers in Singapore spent the day with a team from MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled), where they helped chaperone children engaged with the organization on excursions to the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Kidzania indoor theme park.
In Mumbai, Michelman volunteers helped out at EarthAngels Welfare Foundation, an NGO dedicated to sharing joy among orphans and homeless as well as vulnerable and terminally ill children and their families in India and across the world. Michelman associates provided building maintenance and distributed clothing and other supplies to these children and their families.
In Japan, the team made donations through the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist victims of the numerous natural disasters that occurred in Japan this past summer. The country experienced deadly typhoons, floods and earthquakes that destroyed homes and property, and claimed the lives of many citizens. Two Michelman representatives visited the Japanese Red Cross Society office in Minato, Tokyo, to personally make the donations and express their sympathies.