Helping Those in Need Through Virtual Volunteering
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 as part of our signature Community TeamWorks (CTW) initiative.
This fall, our colleagues around the world are working with nonprofits to support students on their educational journeys. Since March, Goldman Sachs teams have completed more than 200 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.