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Make a Difference Around the World

Posted 01/13/2017 by Kimberlee Sinclair, Executive Director, H.B. Fuller Company Foundation

H.B. Fuller Employees Make a Difference Around the World

A commitment to our communities is deeply held value at H.B. Fuller. Each year, we celebrate this commitment with our Make a Difference volunteer campaign. In 2016, for the eighth year in a row, more than 1,100 employees in 16 countries contributed over 4,900 hours of service in their communities through volunteer projects. Employees work together to choose projects that address pressing needs in their communities, and that reflect the issues they are passionate about. This year’s 42 volunteer projects included food drives, environmental cleanups, renovations to local schools, fundraisers for medical research, and visiting with the elderly, among many others. Since the first year of the Make a Difference campaign, H.B. Fuller employees have donated more than 42,000 hours of volunteer service.
 
Each year, an outstanding volunteer project is selected for recognition. This year, for the first time, all employees were able to vote for the winning project. The project completed by employees in Mindelo, Portugal, was selected as this year’s outstanding Make a Difference volunteer project. Employees volunteered at a safe haven home for children who had been facing unsafe living situations. The team spent two days improving the facility, including painting a common room and 11 bedrooms. 86 employees volunteered, impacting 60 community members. Employees shared that there was a high level of cooperation and engagement between employees and local psychologists, teachers, and children. The partner nonprofit organization will receive a donation to support their Make a Difference partner organization.
 
It is inspiriting to see the extraordinary work done each year during the Make a Difference campaign. Our commitment to volunteerism and giving back comes to life through the hard work of thousands of employees around the world. Learn more about how we support our community by following #HBFullerCares on social media and by visiting www.hbfuller.com/community.

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