VML Closes Offices Worldwide to Volunteer in Communities
Global marketing agency VML will close more than two dozen offices across the world Thursday, Sept. 14, to give thousands of employees the opportunity to support nonprofit organizations and worthy causes in their communities as part of VML Worldwide Foundation Day.
This year's theme for VML's volunteer efforts is "All In." The theme focuses on VMLers across the globe uniting for one day of action to accomplish something amazing.
"Giving back is a unique thread that unites VMLers around the world in a charitable, collaborative and fun way," said Jon Cook, VML's global CEO. "I'm really excited about this VML tradition. It's personally one of my favorite days of the year. It's great to give back to the communities we operate in, and do so in a meaningful way with charitable organizations and worthy causes that VMLers are passionate about."
An immersive, all-in, giving back approach has always been part of VML, and it's never been stronger. Without question, the younger generation entering the workforce has a strong desire to work for a company that aligns with their values.
"VML's ongoing commitment to charitable service -- which manifests itself in volunteerism, pro bono work and community leadership positions -- is present in every one of our offices around the globe," said John Mulvihill, executive director of the VML Foundation. "The VML Foundation has donated nearly $1.4 million to causes VMLers are passionate about."
This year, VML employees will donate their time and talents to more than three dozen nonprofit and community organizations, including:
VML Kansas City - Wonderscope Children's Museum, Union Hill Cemetery, KC Pet Project, City Union Mission, Cultivate KC, Longfellow Farm, The Children's Place, Police Athletic League
VML Atlanta - Chattahoochee Riverkeepers cleanup, Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta
VML Chicago - Special Spaces room makeover, Lincoln Park Conservatory, SitStayRead, Gilda's Club, IMD Guest House
VML Denver - W.O.L.F. Sanctuary wildlife preservation
VML Kalamazoo - First Day Shoe Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Family Health Center, Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Loaves & Fishes, and Ministry with Community
VML Memphis - Helping Clean Memphis with a riverfront cleanup project, in addition to the Mid-South Food Bank
VML Nashville - Nashville Food Project, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
VML New York - KING Kids youth mentorship and programming
VML Seattle - Parks cleanup and meal preparation with Northwest Harvest
VML White Salmon - Working with the WGAP Food Bank, packaging and distributing food for families in need
VML Mexico - Reforestamos Mexico, helping to preserve woods and forests
VML London - Living Under One Sun community diversity program support
VML South Africa - Gardening, animal shelter beautification, helping children with crafts and games, planting trees, comfort packs for children of abuse, and working with animal rescue centers
VML Australia - Working with R U OK Day, a suicide prevention charity that aims to start life-changing conversations
VML China - Promoting an energy-saving and emissions-reduction community campaign
VML Singapore - Working with three Care Corner (Lien Foundation) centers
VML Malaysia - Working with Second Chance Animal Shelter, including helping them with digital touch points
VML Bogota - Painting homes in impoverished neighborhoods
VML Brazil - Working with the Sao Paulo prosecutor's office to provide easy access and understanding of what the community needs to do and what kind of support they will get in certain cases, including women's defense laws, and child health and well-being laws.
Follow VML's Foundation Day activities by going to https://www.juicer.io/wearevml or through #wearily.
VML is a lead marketing agency that transforms brands through a connected consumer experience. VML's clients include Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Electrolux/Frigidaire, Ford, Kimberly-Clark, New Balance, PepsiCo, Sprint and Wendy's.
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, VML joined the world's largest communications services group, WPP, in 2001.