Dec 11, 2015

Blackstone 2015 Global Volunteer Days

In addition to our U.S.-based volunteer days, each year Blackstone employees worldwide give back to their local communities through Blackstone’s Global Volunteer Days. This year, 191 employees from Blackstone’s offices in Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Singapore and Tokyo volunteered a combined 662 hours with six outstanding organizations.

Hong Kong
On November 13th, a team of 40 Blackstone employees from the Hong Kong office volunteered with HandsOn Hong Kong, a volunteerism-focused nonprofit that strives to be the first point of contact for individuals in Hong Kong interested in getting involved with service. Blackstone employees spent the day maintaining a community garden and harvesting roselles, plants used to make tea, which were then donated to elderly individuals in their community.

On November 12th, a team of 60 Blackstone employees from the London office volunteered with Centrepoint, an organization dedicated to providing shelter and support services for homeless and underemployed youth in the UK. Helping to set up forSleep Out, Centrepoint’s annual fundraiser where volunteers raise money by “sleeping out” for a night.  In addition, Blackstone raised over $8,000 for the organization.

Mexico City
On November 7th, a team of 10 Blackstone employees from the Mexico City office volunteered with Olimpiadas Especiales Mexico, Mexico’s branch of the Special Olympics movement. Overseeing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports, the Special Olympics provides adults and children with disabilities with continued opportunities to demonstrate courage and develop physical fitness. On this service day, Blackstone employees and their families participated in a bowling event with Olimpiadas Especiales athletes.  

On October 17th, a team of 40 Blackstone employees from the Mumbai office partnered with Charities Aid Foundation to volunteer at Shivaji Nagar Municipal School. Over the course of the day, Blackstone employees decorated the school by painting murals on classroom walls, and engaged the school’s students by collaborating to make greeting cards.

On November 24th, a team of 25 Blackstone employees from the Singapore office volunteered with Students Care Centres, a government organization that provides care, supervision and support to children. Blackstone employees prepared 150 Back-to-School packs for under-privileged children in their community, assembling the packs and distributing them door-to-door. After completing the project, Blackstone employees visited the Student Care Centre and participated in an afternoon of team-building games and activities with the children.

On October 16th, a team of 25 Blackstone employees from the Singapore office volunteered with Playground of Hope, an organization that connects volunteers to communities in need of safe spaces for children to play. Over the course of the day, Blackstone employees built a new seesaw, constructed soccer goals, rehabilitated a jungle gym, and played with the children who live at Koyama Home, a home for 57 children in Tokyo.