Thousands of Viacom employees will volunteer today in a companywide effort to aid their local communities by donating time and resources for causes around the globe. Viacommunity Day, a decades-long program run in partnership with dozens of non-profit organizations and civic leaders, has employees participating in a diverse range of philanthropic activities, including refugee, citizenship and immigration assistance, public beautification initiatives, job development training, student mentoring opportunities and other acts of giving. In total, more than 20,000 hours of service will be donated by Viacom and its brands worldwide.
“Viacommunity Day is a great tradition that unites our company across levels, functions and geographies through a shared sense of pride and purpose,” said Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom. “I truly believe that giving back connects us even more deeply with our communities, our audiences and each other, and I’m thrilled the program continues to grow driven entirely by our passionate employees.”
Employees will participate in more than 150 different Viacommunity Day projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, Latin and South America, Europe, and the United States. Some examples include:
Assembling hygiene kits for victims displaced by the global refugee
crisis, in partnership with the International Medical Corps.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Assisting school staff at Xingxingyu Special Education, and providing
entertainment and care for students with autism.
Location: Beijing, China
Volunteering at non-profit organization Thistle Farms, whose mission
is to heal, empower, and employ female survivors of trafficking,
prostitution and addiction.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Donating legal aid to foreign citizens and nationals participating in
the naturalization process, in partnership with Legal Services NYC.
Location: New York, New York
Partnering with the Office of the Municipal Environment and Natural
Resources to participate in beach clean-ups in Barangay San Juan,
Ternate and Cavite.
Providing job training to 18-25 year olds interested in working in the
TV and media industry, in partnership with MAMA Youth.
Location: London, United Kingdom
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