This summer, employees from Blackstone’s New York office volunteered over 5,000 hours with 21 extraordinary nonprofits as part of the Blackstone Connects program. Started in 2010, Blackstone Connects provides meaningful opportunities for Blackstone employees to give back to the communities in which they work and live. The program will continue this fall with our global volunteer days, set to take place at Blackstone offices around the world.
Blackstone encourages employees to match their personal interests with a cause they believe in. Because of that, each service day provided multiple nonprofit volunteer opportunities, allowing employees to volunteer their time with the nonprofit that resonated most with them. Join us in reflecting on some of this summer’s highlights:
REVITALIZING PUBLIC SPACES:
From planting a lavender garden at Governors Island and transforming 12 raised bed gardens in the Bronx, to weeding over 1,000 pounds of invasive weeds on Hudson River Park, Blackstone employees helped revitalize public spaces throughout the city.
Whether organizing over 1,800 books in a school library, painting a colorful mural, restoring a playground, or cheering up pediatric patients, Blackstone employees helped empower youths at schools and community centers across New York City.
WORKING TO END HUNGER:
Volunteers worked to end hunger by repacking rescued bulk produce into family-sized bags to be distributed in local soup kitchens and food pantries.
Finally, we would like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 Blackstone Connects Summer Volunteer Day partners, listed below: