TORONTO, Ont. -- DHL marked its fourth annual Global Volunteer Day today as part of a company-wide initiative to give back to local communities and to spark a passion for volunteerism among employees. Initiatives DHL employees across Canada are taking part in include We Day and “Un Techo para mi pais” revitalization projects, as well as a number of volunteer projects this fall.
DHL has chosen “Handle With Care” as the theme for its volunteer efforts this year, with more than 60,000 DHL employees donating their time and resources to 600 different projects in 120 countries from Sept. 6 to 12.
“DHL is committed to giving back to the communities we work in every day”, says Greg Hewitt, president of DHL Express Canada. “As a global organization, we understand the work we do is strongly rooted in communities all around the world, and our volunteer projects give us the opportunity to show our support and commitment.”
DHL is working with not-for-profit partner, Free the Children, and We Day, a youth-led volunteer initiative that focuses on empowering youth and inspiring global change. In the month of September alone, DHL employees will be volunteering for nearly 1,200 hours starting this weekend. More than 120 employees are set to package 75,000 kits on Sept. 14-16 for We Day events nationwide.
DHL is also working with “Un Techo para mi pais” on global volunteer initiatives. Un Techo para mi pais is a youth-led organization that works with families and volunteers to overcome poverty in vulnerable regions. DHL’s Americas management team is set to head to Mexico from Sept. 28-30, to help revitalize local communities and select DHL employees will head to the Dominican Republic from Oct. 12-14, to volunteer on similar efforts.
In addition, DHL employees from across the country are taking part in a number of other volunteer efforts this fall. Initiatives include the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Calgary and Vancouver in September, participation with Moisson Montreal food bank throughout October, and ongoing volunteering throughout the year with Volunteer Ottawa.
“These ten days are not the only days that our employees contribute to their communities and embrace the spirit of volunteerism,” said Donna Letterio, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Canada. “Their dedicated community outreach is a year-round effort and part of a corporate commitment to make a positive contribution to the world.”