I always look forward to participating in Celanese’s Global Impact Week (GIW). Employees from around the globe volunteer simultaneously and positively to impact the people and communities where we live, work and play. This year 3,588 employees spent 17,556 hours working with local organizations that needed our help painting, planting, learning, cooking, visiting and more. Thank you for your commitment to improving the world around you!

This year, my team volunteered at Vogel Alcove. Vogel Alcove provides childcare and developmental services to young children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters. I was surprised to learn that the average homeless family is headed by a single mother in her late 20s with two children. As I played with the kids on the playground that day, I made a connection with them and I wanted to get more involved. Global Impact Week was a great starting place, but I didn’t want it to stop there.

Did you know that Celanese has a global volunteer policy where employees can take up to eight hours a year to make a difference in the local community? After Global Impact Week, I began pursuing a volunteer opportunity with Vogel Alcove. Once a month I leave work a little early to read stories, perform puppet shows, sing songs and encourage kids who really need it. As a mom, I know it’s important for children to have consistent adults in their lives. As a volunteer, I’m able to express my gratitude I have in my life by investing in children who are facing a difficult time in their young lives. I am thankful to work for a company that allows me to build a deeper connection with an organization I was previously unfamiliar with. Beyond Global Impact Week, a friendly face and a willing and committed spirit is all that’s needed of you. How will you make yourself at home with the charity of your choice?