September 28, 2017

VML Closes Offices Worldwide to Volunteer In Communities.

NATIVE VML participated in the global closure of more than two dozen VML offices across the world on 14 September to give thousands of employees the opportunity to support non-profit organizations and worthy causes in their local communities as part of VML Worldwide Foundation Day.

This year's theme for VML's volunteer efforts was "All In." The theme focused on VMLers across the globe uniting for one day of action to accomplish something amazing.

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 have 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. "This year, VML employees donated their time and talents to more than three dozen non-profit and community organisations."

Locally, NATIVE VML employees in Johannesburg and Cape Town partnered with eight organisations.

Beneficiaries included the Wings of Inspiration Care Centre where the volunteers spent the day interacting with children - playing games and assisting on arts and crafts projects in addition to providing much-needed art and stationery supplies.

Together with Green Pop the NATIVE's in the Mother City took to planting 20 indigenous Trees at the Zwaanswyk High School and Portia Primary School and after a day of laughter and getting to know the pupils, both teams headed to Muizenberg beach to pick up litter.

Other organisations that benefited from Foundation Day activities were:

Hughs Haven - Johannesburg

Woodstock Animal Shelter - Johannesburg

Matla Bana - Johannesburg and Cape Town

Kitty and Puppy Haven - Johannesburg

SPCA- Cape Town

"Foundation Day was awesome! I loved participating... and it made me extremely proud to be part of a company - and a global network - that has the people, resources, and values to make a difference. We may not be able to change the world in a day, but living with purpose is the greatest force for change," adds Jason Xenopoulos, CEO NATIVE VML.