Al’s Day 2011 This year marked the third anniversary of Al’s Day. Al’s Day is GolinHarris’ annual worldwide community service initiative that honors founder and chairman Al Golin’s dedication to service. It is held each year on, or around, Al’s birthday on June 19. In 2011, more than 500 employees from around the world devoted nearly 25,000 hours to a wide variety of community and charitable organizations. The Miami office kicked off this year’s activities in May by donating $20,000 worth of time to The Education Fund to help“Doing the ‘right’ thing — from protecting the the organization with its annual charity auction. The Atlanta officeenvironment to investing in the community — wrapped up the celebration in mid-July with a day of service at Project Open Hand. In between the two events, offices worldwideis a legitimate business strategy that pays off assembled and prepared meals, entertained children, cleanedin customer and employee loyalty.” parks, painted murals and spruced up facilities from schools to horse stables! Al Golin
MiamiThe Miami office participated in Al’s Day by donating $20,000worth of time to The Education Fund, which in turn helped secure a$10,000 donation from a promotional partner. The team was taskedwith raising awareness for the organization’s 14th annual charityauction, “The Art of Found Objects,” which took place on May 20and celebrated The Education Fund’s 25th anniversary. GHdeveloped press materials, conducted media outreach and assistedwith on-site support during the event.The Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization thatraises money to support and improve Miami-Dade public schools.
SingaporeOn June 3, the Singapore team visited the Student Advisory Drop-In To help with this process, the team gave various activity rooms aCentre. The organization is carrying out an extensive refurbishment fresh coat of paint on the walls and also donated 18 tins of paint toof the charity to provide students with a “new” environment to study support this worthy initiative. The team loved helping to create aand play. new space for the students.
FrankfurtOn June 6 and 15, the Frankfurt office supported Frankfurter Tafel, a The organization picks up food from hotels, bakeries, grocerycharitable non-profit organization that provides food to needy and stores and manufacturers and redistributes it for free, or for ahomeless people by sorting, organizing and repackaging food. nominal price, to individuals and families in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt.
San FranciscoOn June 13, the San Francisco office volunteered to served lunch to Glide serves meals to roughly 5,000 people every day and relies onnearly 1,000 homeless men and women. Glide’s program is the only volunteer support to serve these meals. Glide served 934,000 mealsone in San Francisco to provide three nutritious meals a day, 364 last year, all of which would not have been possible without the helpdays a year to the city’s poor, homeless and hungry. of volunteers.
ChicagoOn June 15, the Chicago team set their PR hats aside and donned a Lawson House provides shetler for more than 550 low-income men andnew type of creative and artistic persona: painters. At the Lawson women. It is the largest single-room occupancy (SRO) supportiveHouse YMCA, teams painted the resident lounge and two resident housing facility in the Midwest, providing housing and wrap-aroundfloors in addition to wall murals in ten elevator landings and the social services for those in need.resident lounge.
DallasOn June 17, the Dallas team volunteered to help make life better Meanwhile, back at the office, team two assembled “Birthday in afor the patients at Children’s Medical Center with two different Box” packages that included wrapping paper, bows for presents,activities. Team one spent the morning and afternoon participating birthday plates, napkins and cups, streamers, non-inflated Mylarin a craft activity with patients and their siblings. balloons, party favors and noise makers. These boxes help families with children in the hospital celebrate birthdays during their stay.
Orange CountyOn June 17, the Orange County office spent the day at Share Our This year, the OC team helped on the food line by preparing bagsSelves, one of the largest, volunteer-based agencies providing safety of groceries to hand out to Share Our Selves clients, as well asnet services for homeless and low-income individuals and families. organized incoming food donations and other supplies.
Washington D.C.On June 17, the Washington, D.C. team headed to the YMCA in Another team spent the day at the YMCA in the D.C. area, whereArlington to help the organization prepare for summer camp. they helped clean up the grounds and performed general maintenance activities around the facility.
BucharestOn June 20, the Bucharest team took a group of ten foster children So, with members of the team, they ate Happy Meals, played games,out for a day of fun. The children, ages 5 to 10, had never been to a sang “Happy Birthday” to Al in Romanian and ate cake beforeMcDonald’s or movie theater before. heading to see Rio in 3D at the local cinema. The children and team laughed, giggled and had a very memorable day of firsts.
GolinLondon HarrisOn June 20, the London team headed to Community Links new and The team painted over 20 sign posts, installed 15 signs, shovelled 15 tonsexciting project at Newham City Farm. The team’s day at the farm of soil, 12 tons of shingle, and who knows how much horse manure! Thestarted with an induction from founder Kevin Jenkins. Next, two teams hardest worker got to name the two newest additions to the farm, twowere formed: One to repaint the sign posts and put up new signs; the small calves. They couldn’t say who had worked harder than whom,other team renovated the market garden. the calves were named Golin and Harris!
ShanghaiOn June 22, the Shanghai team supported client Nippon Paint’s The team joined the children in art class and helped the studentscharity event in the HeNan rural area of East China with a visit to a make greeting cards. The team also gave the classroom walls a freshlocal elementary school. coat of paint.
Los AngelesOn June 22, the Los Angeles office got down and dirty with Tree The team helped to clean and prune trees and shrubs, and plant newPeople, an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, trees, seedlings and grass.people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles.
New YorkOn July 8, the New York team planned to host an outdoor picnic Never ones to be deterred, the team hosted an indoor picnic forwith games and activities for their local Ronald McDonald House the children and families, approximately 100 people, who currentlyat a nearby park. reside at the House.But it RAINED!
AtlantaOn July 17, the Atlanta team spent the day at Project Open Handto help prepare and assemble meals for those disabled bychronic illness.Project Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronicdisease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combineshome-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means toreinforce the connection between informed food choices andimproved quality of life. For more than 20 years the organizationhas served an ever-growing population of those disabled bychronic disease.
DubaiOn July 17, the Dubai team, in partnership with the Dubai Health Not only did every member of the team donate, they alsoAuthority, organized a blood drive. encouraged the neighboring businesses in their building to donate.