When we say our people here at CWT are “committed professionals who love to help”, we are describing much more than just their devotion to take care of the travelers that depend on us every day. Across all of our regions and within every function of CWT, our colleagues illustrate an amazing sense of caring and a strong dedication to the communities in which they work and live.
Whether it is providing students in Mexico with the supplies they need to stay in school or raising funds in China to offer families the support necessary to rise from poverty, our people are empowered and driven to lead dozens of community involvement activities throughout the year.
The amazing ways in which CWT employees partner with NGOs and charities to make a difference in so many lives fill us with pride. We continuously look for opportunities to further support and challenge them to create even greater impacts, and they always answer the call.
This was illustrated again through the 2019 Carlson Community Giving Campaign in the US, which reached record levels of generosity for the third straight year. Participation in employee contributions and volunteerism increased by 23% over 2018, resulting in crucial support for our partner organizations to address difficult challenges in the areas of anti-human trafficking, the environment, education, health, and many more.
Additionally, involvement in the global Campaign’s Employee Choice Grants program doubled this year. Through dozens of nominations and thousands of votes, employees from across the globe were eager to choose ten community organizations that would each be recommended to receive a US$5000 grant from the Carlson Family Foundation.
As a new year approaches, we reflect on how grateful we are for our people and the caring spirit they exhibit each day, and we look forward to ways they will continue to express that spirit for the benefit of our communities in 2020.
Blog author: Matthew Holm, Corporate Affairs and Responsible Business, CWT.