March 28, 2012
During our annual Make a Difference campaign, H.B. Fuller employees were challenged to give back to their communities for 98 days, and their response was tremendous. In small villages and big cities across the globe, they worked hard to make the lives of many a little bit better.
While every project made an impact, we chose four campaign winners based on participation, uniqueness, impact on the community and how well they demonstrated the Power of Collaboration, one of H.B. Fuller's core beliefs. Congratulations to these four facilities!
In the Latin American region, our Brazil facility hosted a fun day at Associação Pró-Ex Sorocaba, which serves 121 children and adolescents with special needs. The day's activities included theater, breakfast, planting trees, lunch and gifts.
In the North American region, our Aurora, Ill., facility held Oktoberfest luncheons to raise money for 13 Thanksgiving food baskets benefitting families in need in the Palatine Township. They also invited a local firehouse crew to have lunch with them in recognition of their service to the community.
In the Europe, India, Middle East and Africa region, our Wels, Austria, employees completed four projects benefitting various groups. They gardened, prepared items for a flea market and held a bake sale for Kumplgut, a retreat for children with cancer; escorted seniors to graveyards so they could honor their deceased on All Saints Day; helped clean a social kitchen that provides meals to the disadvantaged; and held a blood drive.
In the Asia Pacific region, H.B. Fuller Philippines volunteers partnered with Gawad Kalinga, a local organization that helps communities in poverty, and spent the day gardening, painting and excavating at a village built for homeless families. They also donated cleaning materials, food and school supplies.
These are just a few examples of how we gave back during our 2011 campaign. I'm proud to be part of an organization that cares so strongly about the communities where we work and live.
Director, Corporate Relations