August 2 marked one of my favorite days as a Nestlé associate — Nestlé Cares Day. Since 2015, Nestlé operating companies across the United States have come together to volunteer with local organizations and carry out Nestlé’s global purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.
This year, Nestlé Cares Day events focused on promoting good nutrition and ending hunger for underserved youth. We partnered with Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, to support local food banks and organizations that provide nutritious foods and other support to families in need.
Nestlé associates sorted and packed items at local food banks; taught children the importance of healthy eating; prepared and served meal to seniors, children, and families in need; restored and planted community gardens; and volunteered in a variety of ways—bringing the same incredible passion, hard work and humanity to these organizations that they bring to the office every day.
I had the pleasure of volunteering at an event Nestlé Waters North America hosted with our disaster relief partner Americares, a non-profit organization that provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term health care initiatives for people in the United States and around the world. Alongside my colleagues at our Stamford, Connecticut office, I helped assemble emergency kits made with personal care items and first aid supplies for Puerto Rico and other areas recovering from natural disasters or emergencies. In total, we built 1,000 emergency kits that will be distributed by Americares to support their ongoing efforts.
Across Nestlé, caring for individuals, families, and communities happens more than one day per year. For us, it is a part of who we are as a company. It is an integral part of our company’s culture, and it is one of the reasons I’m so proud to work for Nestlé Waters North America.
Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for associates to get involved in various community service projects and initiatives—and we encourage them to pursue volunteer opportunities about which they are passionate. Our people continually amaze me with their tireless efforts.
Recently, I learned about my colleague, Arlene Anderson-Vincent, who volunteers countless hours to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Arlene’s work is an example of the incredible things our people are doing across Nestlé.
The volunteer work of Arlene and so many of our associates help Nestlé live out its purpose to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future—and in doing so, be a catalyst for positive social impact. Follow us at #WeAreNestle and see the great things our people are doing across the United States.
Written by Tara Carraro, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Nestlé Waters North America