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H.B. Fuller volunteer of the year.

Employee Volunteers Go Above and Beyond

Posted 04/16/2018 by Kimberlee Sinclair, Executive Director, H.B. Fuller Company Foundation

H.B. Fuller has a long tradition of employee volunteerism and giving back to our communities through our employee volunteer program. To celebrate those employees who show true commitment in serving others, H.B. Fuller has recognized an employee volunteer with the Outstanding Volunteer Award annually since 1978.

Susana Coelho, communications specialist, based in Mindelo, Portugal, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award. Since 2015, Susana has volunteered with Grupo de AçãoSusana, volunteer of the year. Social do Porto (Social Action Group of Porto). Three times per month, she volunteers to offer outreach to homeless individuals seeking support at food shelves. When she identifies individuals in need of help, she provides guidance and coordinates with local nonprofits. Susana is sometimes the only person that these individuals will speak to during the day – and her impact is clear. There are many success stories of people she helped to find a job, reach out to their families, or find temporary shelter. Susana is also one of Grupo de Ação Social do Porto’s most experienced volunteers, and serves as a mentor to new volunteers. Twice a year, Susana spends a weekend working on special projects, including working with institutionalized children and teens and seniors in nursing homes. Further, Susana has become involved with fundraising to support the organization, and has coordinated a “Fado Night” event for the past two years, raising nearly €6,000 in 2017 to fund international education and health programs. Not only is Susana a volunteer, she is also a leader within the group – she leads by example and inspires those around her.

Susana shared, “Being a volunteer involves a lot of giving, yes, but you receive way more. With G.A.S. Porto I keep rediscovering that the simple things in life, like generating kindness and love for others, matter the most and are more meaningful than anything you can buy. Volunteering gives me a purpose, it makes me feel alive, and it’s invigorating.”

In honor of Susana’s commitment to making a difference, H.B. Fuller has donated $1,000 to support Grupo de Ação Social do Porto. Susana is one of many employees who have embraced H.B. Fuller’s employee volunteer programs to support their communities and create a positive impact.

Learn more about our commitment to community by following #HBFullerCares on social media and by visiting www.hbfuller.com/community.

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