One highlight of the recently released AIG Global Citizenship Report is the large role played by employees in fulfilling AIG’s commitment to be a good corporate citizen. The report illustrates the especially powerful impact of employee volunteerism. “AIG people are passionate about giving back to the community, and we’re proud to support their efforts,” says Jeff Hurd, Chief Operating Officer.
Our people give their time in different ways—some through the company’s Volunteer Time Off (VTO) Program and some through coordinated global initiatives throughout the year, such as AIG Global Volunteer Month in the spring.
During AIG Global Volunteer Month, thousands of employees around the world demonstrated their willingness to help others. “Inspirational.” “Rewarding.” “Incredible.” These are some of the words our colleagues used to describe the experience of pulling on a bright blue AIG T-shirt and diving into community projects.
Many of the volunteer projects focused on children – with several projects partnering with community organizations to give children who are facing difficult circumstances unique and fun experiences.
For instance, volunteers in Mexico City connected with “Con Ganas de Vivir” (With the Will to Live) to take cancer patients behind the scenes at a car racing track, where they experienced a driving simulator, visited the pit stops, and met a professional race car driver. And in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, AIG colleagues teamed up with local NGO Foodlink to assist with a cooking class for children from underprivileged families under the coaching of a professional chef.
Other AIG volunteer projects ranged from serving breakfast to the homeless in San Diego, California, to cleaning and “mucking out” a farm for rescued foals in Croydon, UK. Dee Gurkan, Fraud Triage Analyst, UK and Ireland, said that “while not everyone in our group is what you would call an expert, the farm supervisor seemed impressed with the end result.”
Concluded Anthony Cirolia, Senior Operations Manager, AIG Direct, who was one of the volunteers in San Diego, “We are looking forward to doing this again soon.”