September 04, 2014
Tata group promotes culture of volunteering with launch of second 'Tata Volunteering Week'
- The Tata group expands employee volunteering program to include opportunities for family members and retired Tata employees
- Tata Volunteering Week kicks off on September 5th, the United Nations International Day of Charity
Arlington, Virginia: The Tata group announced the launch of “Tata Volunteering Week II,” an international initiative dedicated to mobilizing employees keeping with the group’s longtime social commitment to the communities in which it operates. This initiative is part of “Tata Engage,” a volunteering program designed to encourage Tata’s global workforce of over 500,000 employees to donate time and expertise to help community members in need.
Building on the success of the inaugural Tata Volunteer Week hosted in March 2014, to coincide with Tata group founder Jamsetji N. Tata’s 175th birth anniversary, the Tata group will offer a variety of company-organized volunteer opportunities throughout the month, open to the participation of current employees as well as their family members and retired employees.
“The expansion of the program was motivated by our desire to both widen and deepen the impact we can make on the lives of communities where we live and work globally, in keeping with the Tata commitment,” said Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief of the Tata Sustainability Group. “We look forward to providing Tata employees, past and present, as well as their spouses and children with opportunities to come together and make a difference.”
“In North America, due to the strong interest in volunteerism amongst our employees, we were driven to extend the initiative beyond one week to offer volunteer opportunities throughout the month,” said James Shapiro, Resident Director, North America at Tata Sons Limited. “The positive response we received from employees is a reflection of their commitment to the Tata Engage program and their desire to engage with their communities.”
The Tata North Americacompanies participating in Tata Volunteering Week activities in September include Tata Sons, Tata Consultancy Services, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals North America, Tata Communications, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and Tata Technologies. Tata companies across North America will volunteer in their communities and come together for the following larger activities:
- September 8: In partnership with the Magic Johnson Foundation,20 Tata volunteers will commemorate International Literacy Day by participating in reading circles with students at PS45 in Brooklyn, NY. Tata will present books to the students and e-readers to the school library.
- September 9, 23: In partnership with Athletes for Charity and the Detroit Lions, volunteers from Tata Technologies will meet with kindergarten through fifth grade students at Clark Preparatory Academy and Dixon Educational Learning Academy in Detroit, MI to speak about the exciting world of science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Volunteers will also pass out books donated by Tata Technologies. Detroit Lions Don Carey and Brandon Hepburn will be on hand to encourage literacy by reading aloud to students.
- September 12: Over 30 volunteers from Tata Chemicals North America will participate in a reading celebration at Lyman Branch Library in Lyman, WY with special guest speaker and star of the PBS television series, “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,” Jake Beale. Tata Chemicals will donate books and reading aids to all participating children and to the Library.
- September 12-13:In partnership with First Book, Tata will donate 20,000 new books to children of the Washington, D.C. metro area. At the Eight O’Clock Coffee office in Landover, MD, 50 or more volunteers from Tata companies will help to unpack, sort and distribute the books to local programs in need.
- September 26-27: In partnership with First Book Canada, Tata will donate 20,000 new books to children of the Greater Toronto Area. At Critical Path Couriers in Mississauga, ON, 50 or more volunteers from Tata Sons, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Communications and Jaguar Land Rover will help to unpack, sort and distribute the books to local programs in need.