National Volunteer Week is an annual event to recognize those who offer their time, talents, and support to their community in the form of volunteer work. This recognition week began in 1974 by Points of Light, a U.S.-based organization that mobilizes volunteers to take action with local campaigns, causes, and projects.
Jabil wanted to show its support by teaming up with three of its sponsored organizations: Campbell Park Elementary, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. In connection with Jabil Cares’ concentrations of Education, Empowerment, and Environment, each event focused on a specific initiative: supporting education at an elementary school, recognizing an organization that empowers military veterans injured in the line of duty, and beautifying the environment through a road cleanup.
To support education in the community, a “High-Five Rally” was organized at Campbell Park Elementary School. Jabil St. Petersburg works with the school throughout the year as Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and the “Walking School Bus” program, in which employees walk with the children from their neighborhood to the school in the morning. At the High-Five Rally, employees handed out goodie bags, offered words of encouragement, and of course, gave plenty of high-fives. “I think the kids enjoyed the high fives as much as the goodie bags and sending them into school with big smiles on their faces was a great feeling,” says Andy Joyner, Director of Supply Chain Analytics. The employees’ smiles were equally as big!
For the second event, Southeastern Guide Dogs were invited to the corporate campus. This organization’s goal is to train and provide guide dogs to help empower veterans suffering from PTSD or visual impairement. Michael Jernigan, an American serviceman and Southeastern Guide Dog recipient, spoke about his experiences upon arriving home after losing sight in both eyes while serving in Iraq and the positive impact his guide dog has made in his life.
Closing out the volunteer appreciation week, Jabil St. Petersburg employees took part in an “Adopt-A-Mile” event. To show their dedication to the environment, a group of employees collected 120 lbs of trash along the road. Jabil has been working with Keep Pinellas Beautiful since 2016 and holds quarterly clean-up events. “Those of us, who are out there every quarter, feel a great deal of pride in what we’re doing for our environment. It’s very rewarding to see the positive results from our work,” says Tonya Cherviok, Paralegal.
After the week’s activities, employees realized the substantial impact their work through Jabil Cares initiatives has had on those receiving aid. Feeling humbled and thankful for the opportunity to help those in need, employees are looking forward to continuing their work with these, and other local organizations.
Jabil Cares, our community outreach and volunteerism platform, supports localized efforts around specific causes related to Education, Empowerment, and the Environment.