From creating audio books for children with vision loss in India and providing tech tutorials to the elderly in Stuttgart and Bratislava to assembling hygiene kits for children in need in Canada, Lenovo’s inaugural Global Week of Service gave employees around the world a chance to give back to the cities where they live, work and play.
From March 31 to April 7, more than 2,000 Lenovo and Motorola employees volunteered a total of 10,000 hours of direct community service in 25 countries, including Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Many of the projects were inspired by Lenovo’s social responsibility focus areas – education and the environment – but local leaders were also able to identify projects that addressed their community’s most critical needs.
Overall, 30 service projects were organized, positively impacting thousands of individuals on all six inhabited continents.
Local Snapshots: Two Communities, One Goal
In two cities on opposite sides of the equator, Lenovo and Motorola employees worked to help improve educational and rehabilitation facilities, ultimately impacting the hundreds of children and adults who enter through those doors every day.
In Chicago, Illinois, Motorola employees spent the week teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics and improving school facilities in the West Englewood neighborhood, positively benefiting 1,215 children at three centers:
- At Earle STEM Academy and Charley H. Wacker Elementary School, volunteers led a “Read-with-Me” activity, provided guidance during a STEM-themed craft project and renovated the school’s media room.
- At Nicholson Technology Academy, volunteers helped remodel the computer lab, constructed bookshelves and discovery tables and ran a science fun fair.
In addition to the one-on-one time spent with students, volunteers also created STEM-themed murals and donated Lenovo tablets for the schools’ use to continue to motivate students’ interests.
In Jaguariuna, Brazil, 100-plus employees helped refurbish the grounds at an equine therapy center called Centro de Equoterapia de Jaguariuna, which uses the movement and nature of horses to help rehabilitate people with disabilities. Volunteers mended and painted the fences, painted the barns and performed other general construction tasks.
Giving Back in 2017 and Beyond
The week of service is just one way Lenovo is demonstrating its commitment to doing things differently. In 2018, the company hopes to increase volunteers and communities impacted during its second annual Global Week of Service in order to bring positive outcomes to cities and citizens around the world. The Motorola Mobility Foundation, Lenovo Community Relations and Lenovo United will again organize the event.