Helping Those in Need Through Virtual Volunteering

04 SEP 2020

A strong commitment to service is core to our culture at Goldman Sachs. Our people have found new ways to give back to their communities through virtual volunteer projects during the pandemic through our signature Community TeamWorks (CTW) initiative. 

Teams across regions have recently completed virtual volunteer projects including: 

The Alzheimer’s Society
As COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the elderly, Goldman Sachs volunteers in London made befriending and morale-boosting phone calls to homebound older people in early stages of dementia, a group particularly at risk of loneliness and isolation. The Alzheimer’s Society was one of the first Community Partners to work with us on virtual volunteering.
 

A sampling of just some of the birthday cards that Goldman Sachs people created for isolated seniors.


DOROT
Teammates in New York made more than 50 birthday cards for isolated seniors, many with handmade watercolors and papier-mâché. The cards were sent to DOROT, a nonprofit that provides programs and services to an aging population.
 

 

 

 

Goldman Sachs leaders speaking at the Children’s Medical Foundation’s 2020 Social Impact Fellowship virtual professional development workshop.


Children’s Medical Foundation
In Hong Kong, volunteers participated in a professional development workshop for participants of the Children’s Medical Foundation’s 2020 Social Impact Fellowship. Leaders across divisions served as keynote speakers, sharing their perspectives on topics like business etiquette and interview preparation.

 

SuitUp
In New York and New Jersey, our people helped students develop mock business pitches in partnership with SuitUp, a nonprofit that increases college and career awareness for students in underserved communities. Together, volunteers and students worked in teams to develop new product ideas and pitched them in a competition format.
 

Solar Buddy
In Sydney, colleagues completed a virtual project with Solar Buddy, an Analyst Impact Fund 2019 finalist. The group created solar lights together over Zoom, to be shared with students in energy-poverty areas.