Citi Salvation Day
Citi employees volunteer for Salvation Army in San Francisco.
by Jennifer Byrd –
Late in 2008, Citi partnered with The Salvation Army in San Francisco as part of Citi’s Global Community Day, an annual event involving tens of thousands of Citi volunteers worldwide. More than 200 Citi employees and friends donated over 800 volunteer hours at seven different Salvation Army locations with tasks including painting community facilities, sorting toy donations, packaging food boxes and teaching financial education.
“The volunteers had their work cut out for them! They visited several of our community centers across San Francisco and helped in a variety of ways,” said Lt. Col. Joe Posillico, Golden State Divisional Commander. “This is volunteer work beyond measure. We are fortunate that Citi included us in their great outreach effort on this day.”
Volunteers spanned the city, packing over 4,000 food boxes at the Harbor Light Center, sorting toys at the Family Service Center and teaching residents of Railton Place—a facility providing housing for aged out foster youth, homeless veterans and adults in recovery—about financial literacy.
“The participation of the people who attended the class was incredible,” said Joan Considine, a commercial banker with Citi. “They were helping each other work through their problems. It was heartwarming.”
Among the hundreds of volunteers that day were some of Citi’s top brass including Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, president of Citibank’s Western Division; Lisa Deloney, Northwest Division manager of Citibank and Cheryl Evans, Western Division community relations director, Citi.
“Citi companies and employees have a long history of community involvement,” said Vicki Joseph, Citi community relations officer for the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Francisco Salvation Army board member. “Working with The Salvation Army in San Francisco on Citi Global Community Day was a fantastic experience. Our volunteers had a lot of fun and were able to volunteer in a meaningful way.”