As part of Hope Construction Materials’ ‘Hope for Others’ initiative, the company this week completed 100 days of voluntary work. The scheme was launched in 2014, and saw Hope employees choosing to partake in charity work that was close to their heart. The organisation offered two fully-paid days leave a year for the initiative to each employee.
The 100 days of voluntary activity carried out reflect the organisation’s diversity, with projects ranging from DIY activities, to foster care training, to races and physical challenges. Beneficiary organisations varied depending on the employees’ connections and interests.
Hope has also encouraged staff to use their core skills in order to contribute to their chosen projects, with examples including providing interview skills training to a local college.
Cara Mills, Regional Director Central, said: “Volunteering is an excellent team building activity and really makes you drop any barriers that you may have had. It is also a great stress release.
“At the end of the day you leave feeling immense pride and worth, having given something back to the community, and it doesn’t end there – you end up creating a strong friendship with people in the local community, which is really what Hope is about."
Chairman Amit Bhatia said: “I’ve always believed that people want to help others but often simply don’t have the time to do so. That’s why we launched ‘Hope for Others’ – we want to give our employees the time and support that they need to carry out the projects that are closest to their hearts.
“I’m delighted we have reached 100 days of helping and now we have real momentum I expect we’ll complete another 100 fairly soon and it won't be long until we're celebrating 1000 days.”
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/14102015/hope-construction-completes-100-days-voluntary-work-775/