Every day, somewhere in the US, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) employees are volunteering to help make their communities stronger. Most volunteer on their own time, but during September, sixteen different Nestlé Waters locations took part in the company’s National Volunteer Month. Thousands of volunteer hours later flowers were planted, parks were cleaner and more than one hundred recycled lumber picnic tables were assembled and donated to local charities.
NWNA employees have always been community-minded, which makes sense because most of our employees live in or near the 90 towns and cities were our company is located. Just last week, several dozen employees from the New York City area gathered at Jones Beach to help do some of the ongoing restoration work needed following Hurricane Sandy alongside the Student Conservation Association. These are the same people who, a year ago, suffered property damage and loss, but still came to work every day following the storm to ensure that the critical need for bottled water was met.
I became hooked on volunteering when I was thirteen and got a “job” as a candy striper at the hospital where my father worked. That early start reading to patients, delivering their flowers and cheering them up set me on a path that has become an important part of my personal and professional life. Like many of my colleagues, I volunteer regularly on my own time, but I also look forward to taking time out from my very busy job to volunteer alongside my colleagues in an effort to make a real impact on our community. While employees are doing it every day, during Volunteer Month, we get to stand together.