Employees banding together for a good cause
May 30, 2019
Throngs of employee volunteers, not in their usual corporate garb, doing various tasks like scrubbing floors, cooking for children, painting window grills, and fixing some broken chairs over the summer is not an unusual sight for Sodexo On-site Services. Employees volunteering for Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Servathon began since the company started its operations in the Philippines in 2013.
For this year’s Stop Hunger Servathon, we once again partnered with Virlanie Foundation and visited schools in the rural areas of Batangas and Pampanga for Brigada Eskwela.
Virlanie Foundation’s Babies and Toddlers Home
Kicking off the Servathon instalment is a fun-filled day with the children at the Babies and Toddlers Home in Makati on 17 May. Employees of Sodexo On-site Services and Sodexo Benefits and Rewards joined forces to volunteer at the said facility operated by Virlanie Foundation, a long-time partner and a non-sectarian organization and a child-caring institution in the country that reaches out to marginalized children and communities.
“It is a nice feeling to be part of a company that shares the same values as you have and actually do something about it. Sodexo provides a platform where us, the employees, can care for the things that we feel so strongly about, which is fighting hunger,” shares Elizabeth Alunan, Learning and Development Supervisor, and a volunteer for this year’s Servathon.
Elizabeth was one of the 10 volunteers at Virlanie who got to spend their afternoon interacting with the children, feeding them nutritious meals, and storytelling.
Serving the communities that are close to our employees’ hearts are one of the many reasons why we always get a lot of volunteers. For Batangas and Pampanga, our own employees were given the chance to give back to their communities through participating in the Brigada Eskwela which helps prepare public schools’ facilities for this academic year.
We partnered with the following schools: Ambulong Elementary School, San Isidro Elementary School, and Tabangao Elementary School, San Jose Matulid Elementary School in Mexico, Pampanga, and Sto. Nino Elementary School in San Simon, Pampanga.
Over 70 volunteers were deployed throughout these locations in a two-day activity from 23-24 May.
Therese Dizon, CSR Executive, shares that Servathon also invests in actions that help prevent people from being hungry again. “This is our fourth year joining the Brigada Eskwela program and each year, we try to reach more and more schools as our business expands all over the Philippines. This is one of the ways that we give back to the community,” she says.
“For On-site Services, some of our people’s expertise include skills that involve the upkeep of facilities. Through Brigada Eskwela, we were able to share these skills volunteered by our employees who engaged in activities like repainting the school’s roof, fixing broken chairs, and doing other minor repair, maintenance and cleaning works. We also welcome employee volunteers who are not experts in these tasks but are willing to share their time and effort to ready the schools for this school year”.
These efforts would not be possible without our employee volunteers, sponsors, and partners.
Servathon is Sodexo’s largest global Stop Hunger event. From April to May, Sodexo empowers its employees around the world to join forces, engage their teams and fight hunger in their local communities. Servathon also invests in actions that will help prevent people from being hungry again. This is done through skilled volunteerism, service, fundraising events and other activities that go beyond food.
In 2018, there are over 64,000 volunteers mobilized in 36 territories including the Philippines through Sodexo's Servathon.
Here are some quick facts on the Stop Hunger Servathon 2019 here in the Philippines:
- Around 900 volunteer hours
- 6 locations supported
- 800+ meals donated
- 1000+ pcs of non-food items donated
- 1,500+ beneficiaries reached