The theme of our 2017 Kickoff different is better certainly applied to the work our 2,000 volunteers across the globe did this week. They gave back to their local communities during our first Global Week of Service, making a difference with projects devoted to education and preserving the environment.
Lenovians volunteering in China
Our employees organized more than 30 diverse projects serving communities in more than 25 countries on all six inhabited continents. Lenovo employees generated more than 10,000 hours of direct community service throughout the week. In India, employees created audio books for children with vision loss, while others in Canada assembled hygiene kits for needy children. Teams in Chicago held science fairs in Chicago’s public schools and colleagues in Brazil built a horse pasture for an equine therapy program that serves people with disabilities. Our organizers partnered with local, national and worldwide NGOs to maximize the impact of the projects.
Volunteering and teaching internet literacy at a retirement and disabled persons center in Stuttgart, Germany
Marina Peres, the organizer for projects in both Jaguariuna and Sao Paolo, Brazil, commented on taking on the project as an added responsibility to her normal workload. “Leading two project sites involving more than 200 people was definitely challenging, yet infinitely rewarding. The challenges we faced- both expected and unexpected- ultimately served as motivation for us to deliver a project that really impacted the local community. I will take everything I learned from this experience to my personal and professional life.”
Volunteers in Sao Paolo, Brazil
Motorola Mobility Foundation, Lenovo Community Relations and Lenovo United are deeply thankful to the local project leaders, Lenovo’s legal, HR and communications professionals, and Lenovo senior executives who removed obstacles and provided support to bring Lenovians together in this first-time event.