What do you call a company event spanning 26 countries over 31 days in which employees volunteer throughout their local communities? Meet Samsung’s annual Global Volunteer Month.
Samsung’s Volunteer Month has been going since 1995. It was first introduced as a way to boost employee volunteering in Korea and has since been celebrated by other Samsung offices around the world.
This year, during October, around 2,200 teams made up from more than 160,000 volunteers – consisting of Samsung Electronics’ employees, their family members and local citizens – participated in community projects supporting education, social welfare and the environment.
So for a quick glimpse into the community spirit of Samsung employees around the world, take a look through our photos below:
Toys & Tales: In Brazil, employees visited two children’s organizations – UNIBES and Julita – to host a fun day filled with games and storytelling for disadvantaged children. Moreover, employees also held a toy drive with the donated toys gifted to the Cruz Verde Institution which cares for young patients with cerebral palsy.
Building Hope: Samsung employees in Argentina picked up picks and shovels to help repair houses for residents of an underprivileged suburb of Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, other employees visited Pedro Elizalde hospital to create art and decorate the children’s ward, much to the joy of young patients and their families.
Fundraising Fun: In Chennai, India, Samsung employees organized a variety of fundraising events, such as a food festival and movie day, in the name of raising money for local charities in need.
Cultural Roots: In Mexico, employees attended the National Anthropology Museum to assist in the renovation of the Aztec Hall’s garden. Volunteers were also able to engage more deeply in their community by learning about native plants and their importance in local culture.
Smart Students: The focus of volunteering initiatives in Columbia was Samsung’s Nomad Smart School project. Together with Samsung employees, local children learned about Columbia’s biodiversity, geography and culture through a series of exciting missions and digital games.
Paint & Play: In Peru, Samsung employees teamed up with a local NGO to renovate a rundown children’s classroom in the community of UPIS Corazón de Jesús. Volunteers participated by painting walls and building desks, while also finding time to play with the children.
For the Birds: Employees in Noida, India, chose to support a local environmental cause last month. The Samsung volunteers visited the Okhla Bird Sanctuary where they helped clean-up the habitat and also participate in tree planting.
Museum Mentors: In Panama, students from low-income communities were invited by Samsung to join an educational museum visit – together with Samsung volunteers as their mentors. Similar activities were also held by employees in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
Seeds in Schools: In Chile, around 100 Samsung volunteers visited one of six schools to perform maintenance work and improvements to the school surroundings, including painting as well as the planting of gardens and orchards.
Sources: Samsung Newsroom, Media Samsung