Citi celebrates 200th year through community service

Posted at 06/06/2012 1:21 PM | Updated as of 06/06/2012 4:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Global financial services giant Citi is marking its 200th anniversary on June 16. Citi invited its employees in more than a hundred countries to celebrate the day through community service.

Citi began its anniversary celebration in the Philippines as early as May 26, when 200 Citi employees volunteered to build 200 homes in Tanza, Navotas with Habitat for Humanity.

Last weekend, another 600 Citi employees continued to work on the houses in Tanza, as well as to clean and paint classrooms in public schools.

By June 16, Citi Philippines expects to have fielded around 4,000 volunteers in communities around the country.

Other volunteer activities include clean up of beaches in Batangas, planting trees in Navotas, working with streetchildren in Manila and Quezon City, sports clinics in Paranaque, buildsing homes in Pampanga, and assisting farmers in Davao. Citi has partnered with Gawad Kalinga, Childhope Asia and Philippine Business for Social Progress for these activities. 

"We are proud to have a strong tradition of volunteerism in the Philippines where our employees gladly serve the community by taking on causes we each believe in, whether it’s caring for the environment, empowering the less fortunate or painting a brighter future for children,” said Citi country officer Sanjiv Vohra.  

The volunteer activities are all part of Citi's Global Community Day, which provides opportunities for company employees to volunteer in their communities.

Although Global Community Day is usually held in October, Citi decided to observe it a few months early to coincide with its 200th anniversary.

"On our Global Community Day, bankers become teachers for a day or basketball coaches or environmental advocates.  We all gladly embrace these roles in the service of our communities," Vohra said.