HSBC is a sponsor of the City Year New York team serving at I.S. 204 in Long Island City, Queens. City Year New York and HSBC scheduled a Halloween event at the Hunts Point Recreation Center in the South Bronx, but due to Hurricane Sandy, the event was cancelled. Hurricane Sandy also caused a shift in need and both HSBC and City Year New York decided to focus the rescheduled Service Day on Sandy Relief.
On Thursday, November 15, two shifts of HSBC volunteers came through the MLK space at the City Year New York office. They rotated through 5 stations preparing over 1100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, assembling over 30 no-sew blankets and 100 scarves, putting together over 100 hygiene kits with deodorant, soap, razors, toothpaste and too brushes, and creating 100 cards written to boost the morale of displaced students and teachers affected by the Hurricane.
With the exception of the cards, everything created and assembled went to the Bowery Mission. The Bowery Mission, located in the highly damaged Lower East Side of Manhattan, feeds and houses over 500 homeless and disadvantaged people every day. The blankets, scarves, and hygiene kits will be used both in the Bowery Mission and will also be distributed to those who need them. The cards will be sent to several schools in Brooklyn that are currently housing displaced students whose schools were damaged by the hurricane.
I asked Sasha Greene, Assistant Vice President and Program Manager of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC, to talk about giving back as an HSBC employee and why HSBC is a continued supporter of the work corps members are doing for the students and communities of New York City.
I’ve always been personally committed to volunteering, so to me it’s crucial to work for a company that shares my values on volunteering and community engagement. HSBC not only supports volunteering, but they give employees time off to do it. Volunteering is a great way to give back and to meet colleagues who share my interests at the same time. City Year New York provides unique and essential services to students in New York City and the corps members alike. Each time I speak with a corps member I am newly inspired by their energy, drive and dedication to the City Year mission. City Year and the amazing Corps Members make me confident that we can change outcomes for high risk New York City students!
Check out more great moments from the day below!
I would like to thank Sasha Greene of HSBC and Crosby Newcomer-Falk, Civic Engagement Team Leader at City Year New York for contributing to this post.