Discovering young people’s potential
Sika Corporation, USA, and its partners helped the YOUth CAN headquarters to become a better place. YOUth CAN’s mission is to intervene in the lives of disadvantaged youth in the community by enriching their academic, cultural and social development through assistance, technology and cultural programs. 50 volunteers answered in September 2016 Sika’s call to spend one day improving the quality of a community center building in Chicago. The volunteers were replacing ceiling tiles, installing new carpets, cleaning the building’s storage areas, installing shelves, painting and repairing the fence. Sika is also donating products and materials to add a new epoxy floor in the design room, wood floor in the computer room and sealant to fix the gaps for the exterior windows and masonry. So far, sponsors and volunteers have worked to improve over 200 community facilities in the Chicago area. All work is completed in one day, allowing volunteers to see their immediate impact. It’s an outstanding opportunity for colleagues to work together outside of the office and make a real difference. Teambuilding is an exciting by-product of a Give Back Day.