When KPMG asked Hands On Hartford to coordinate a customized service project for its consultants working on the campus of Northeast Utilities back in January, we had no idea that it would lead to monthly service projects. Since January’s service project, we’ve coordinated events for employees in March and April with a fourth in the pipeline for the month of May.
In an effort to further promote team building and camaraderie KPMG has invited employees from Oracle (who also work on the Northeast Utilities campus) to join them monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (MLK) or service projects. During the months of March and April a group of approximately 11 (both occasion) have met Hands On Hartford’s Community Engagement staff at MLK schools for “after hours” service projects that have primarily consisted of painting/muraling.
The employee volunteers have unofficially taken ownership of the gym’s wing. They have transformed a hallway of white walls into an uplifting & cheerful space of action figures demonstrating “sports related activities,” such as swimming, basketball, baseball and tennis. Moreover, they have embedded inspirational words on the walls that range from teamwork to commitment. In addition to the sports related images in the gym’s wing, the employee volunteers also replicated a mural of a tiger reading under a tree (that they created back in January in the parent/teachers classroom) in the lobby area. The mural encompasses the tiger, which is the mascot of the school as well as the core principals of both the school and KPMG.
When the team created the original mural back in January, the principal of the school was so impressed, that he wanted the same mural placed in an area where everyone could see and appreciate it. Hence, KPMG did just that! The employee volunteers have also painted random walls, an office in dire need of painting, and have assisted with stenciling room numbers outside of classrooms. The employees are truly interested in helping where the need is greatest and welcome all projects, no matter how big or small. Additionally, they are also committed to working side by side with members of the community and during their last service project worked in conjunction with parent volunteers.
Hands On Hartford Community Engagement Program Mangager