At Celanese, we have a lot of brain power. We use our intellect, technology and creativity to create customer value. As employees, we work hard to be the first-choice chemistry solution source for our customers.

As global citizens, we are called upon to improve the world by making a difference in the communities where we live and work. We also have a lot of heart at Celanese. I’ve seen firsthand the difference we are making. In both small and big ways, we inspire each other to do more– whether running for charities to support a cause we believe in, donating clothing, blankets and toys to brighten the holidays for families in need, Team Celanese racing to the finish line to raise money to fund diabetes research, donating our days off to help build homes for low-income families, or engaging with under-served youth after school helping to close the gap between what schools and teachers can provide and what students need.

What we can do with the power of the brain and the capacity of the heart, working together to improve the world and the people in it, is astounding. So much so that we’re asking all of us to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.

In 2016, we are challenging employees to volunteer 100,000 hours in their communities. That’s a bold goal, but I’m betting we beat it. At Celanese we always rise to the challenge. After all, we have always been a compassionate organization dedicated to improving the quality of life – it’s who we are.

When you think about it, 100,000 hours equates to every employee volunteering 16 hours. How and when you volunteer is up to you. You can take part in any of the Celanese Foundation activities we support – like the Celanese International Impact Program, local days of caring, or Global Impact Month. Or, you can elect to give your time to another cause that’s close to your heart. Whatever you decide, volunteer where you feel you can make the biggest difference.

For every hour you volunteer, the Celanese Foundation will give you USD $10 to give to an approved charity of your choice. There is no max to the number of hours you can volunteer – or to the number of dollar gifts the company will provide.

The 100,000 Hour Volunteer Challenge gives us all the opportunity to make a bold commitment to being the best global citizens possible. Volunteer knowing that Celanese will help you to find the time to go out into the community. Not only can you do it, but you should do it. That’s how we will ensure that compassion and giving are part of everything we do.

I hope you’re as excited about this as I am. We have so much to give. Let’s get started!