Living Our Commitment to Our Communities
When it comes to volunteer work, our people live their commitment. Now in its 17th year, our Community TeamWorks global volunteering program enables our people to take a day away from work every year to participate in team service projects. A global band of volunteers, more than 300,000 of our colleagues have joined with family and friends to contribute more than 1.5 million service hours since 1997. It’s a sustained effort that has translated into more than 21,000 distinct service projects with more than 1,000 non-profit partner organizations across 48 Goldman Sachs offices.
In 2012 alone, more than 25,000 Community TeamWorks volunteers contributed more than 150,000 hours of service globally. Here in Salt Lake City, that commitment translated into:
- Assisting nearly 3,000 infants, 2,600 children, 1,550 teens, 1,900 adults, 220 seniors and 300 persons with disabilities or special needs
- The renovation and construction of 15 community buildings and two houses with Habitat for Humanity
- The planting of more than 60 gardens, 80 trees and 500 flowers
- The beautification of eight parks and seven miles of land
- Care for nearly 700 animals
- The sorting of 9,000 clothing items for communities in need around the world
- The preparation and packaging of 30,000 surgical gloves, 10,000 hospital linens and one ton of other medical supplies
- The preparation of nearly 9,000 pounds of food and delivery of more than 400 meals
- Volunteering at 36 community events
Salt Lake City’s Community TeamWorks Junior Achievement effort is especially robust and includes four projects that total 300 hours of service. Last year, more than 50 Goldman Sachs employees worked with Salt Lake City fifth graders to introduce them to basic business concepts and advanced critical-thinking skills, including the use of teamwork to solve problems. More than 80 of our colleagues volunteer to mentor and tutor elementary school students in our Salt Lake City office every other week. Starting at home and spreading those kinds of activities around the globe achieves meaningful results, all in the name of strengthening the communities where we live and work.