2015 Global Day of Service

Crawford 7th Global Day of Service – About 135 Community Service Projects Worldwide

Saturday, October 10, marked the 7th annual Crawford & Company Global Day of Service, and it was the biggest and best yet!  The cumulative Day of Service included 135 service projects conducted by almost 3,000 Crawford employees, family, friends, and partners around the world.

In the largest corporate volunteer event of its kind for Atlanta's Red Cross, about 150 Crawford Atlanta employees, family members, partners, and friends, and members of the City of Smyrna (GA) Fire Department partnered to install 250 smoke alarms and help families in at-risk neighborhoods develop home fire escape plans. This effort was part of a multi-year, Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries nationwide by 25 percent.  With the help of local fire departments and partners like Crawford, the Campaign has already saved 26 lives and installed more than 125,000 alarms in 2,400 communities. 

About 80 Crawford Contractor Connection employees and family members joined Crawford employees in Jacksonville, Fla. to beautify the grounds of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, which serves abused and neglected children. Volunteers cleaned and performed maintenance and landscaping functions around the property.  Additionally, 750 Crawford Contractor Connection employees and family members from 86 contractor network member companies across the U.S. participated in the effort to give back to their communities in the name of Crawford, as well.

Global service projects were carried out by volunteers in 25 countries helping a wide range of charities including orphanages, homeless shelters, retirement homes, animal rescue facilities, blood drives, food banks, nature parks, and fundraising for disease research. Some of the activities undertaken include the following:

  • In New Delhi, India, Crawford volunteers donated their time and contributions to the Delhi Council for Child Welfare, an orphanage, including sponsoring lunch, conducting storytelling and games with the children.
  • In Manila, Philippines, volunteers provided necessities and encouragement to the children at the Hospicio De San Jose orphanage, as well as coordinated the feeding of 100 undernourished children in Taguig City.
  • In Singapore, volunteers worked in the kitchen, at Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen, preparing and packing food for distribution to the less fortunate.
  • Across Canada, about 900 volunteers joined forces to support a number of causes including serving as route marshals at the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary Walk/Run event, arranging blood donations in support of Crawford’s Partners for Life commitment to Canadian Blood Services, collecting almost 6,000 food items for National Food Drives across Canada.
  • In the Netherlands, Crawford employees switched roles with the mentally-challenged people who usually support them in their offices, performing their work and preparing lunch for them.
  • Volunteers in Oslo, Norway collected clothing and accessories for Aksept, a resource center that services people living with HIV and AIDS in their local community.
  • In Warsaw, Poland Crawford volunteers partnered with Fundacja Azylu Pod Psim Anio³em (roughly translated in English to 'The Foundation under the Doggy Angel') to clean kennels, exercise the dogs and cats, and raise money for the animal shelter.
  • In Rome and Milan, Italy, respectively, volunteers cleaned the streets, and conducted multiple service projects such as wall painting at an assisted living center, fundraising for Mozambique farmers and providing dinner for the homeless.
  • In Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia volunteers donated blood for the National Blood Bank and contributed money to the Joy Garden home for the aged.
  • In Spain, volunteers in Barcelona collected food for the needy; in Bilbao, they accompanied a group of disable citizens on a museum visit; and in Madrid, painted the interior walls of the Apama Early Childhood Center for children with birth or developmental abnormalities.
  • In the United Kingdom, several projects were coordinated, including donating food to the local food bank in Birmingham, helping with the refurbishment of Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes, cleaning stables at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park in London, and collecting food donations for the Trussell Trust Food Bank in London.
  • Volunteers in Colon, Panama spent the Day of Service bathing and feeding residents and cleaning at the Nursing Home for the Elderly.
  • In Belfast, Ireland, volunteers undertook the deep cleaning and roof-top gardening of the Age NI day center, an organization that provides services for older people in Northern Ireland.
  • Crawford volunteers partnered with their client UPS Capital Unit in Fort Worth, Texas to collect more than 1,182 pounds of non-perishable food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
  • Fresno, California Crawford volunteers worked at the Central California SPCA Mobile Adoption station at the Big Fresno Fair, resulting in the adoptions of 27 abandoned and neglected animals.
  • About 90 volunteers in Jacksonville, Florida conducted beautification projects on campus at the Children’s Home Society of Florida, including landscaping, clean-up, and maintenance activities.
  • Orlando, Florida volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Florida to build a new home for a deserving family in their community.
  • Broomall, Allentown, and Philadelphia-area, Pennsylvania employees conducted a month-long food drive, collecting contributions for Philabunance, assisting the less fortunate.
  • In Schaumburg, Illinois volunteers cheered on, assisted and generally made it possible for a group of intellectually- and physically-challenged adults from the Clearbrook organization to enjoy a day of bowling.
  • In Sunrise, Florida volunteers conducted a number of cleaning, landscaping and maintenance service activities on the grounds of the SOS Children’s Village in Coconut Creek, FL. This foster care neighborhood is home to children removed from their homes by court-order due to neglect, abuse and abandonment.
  • In Tampa, Florida volunteers served the poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk Counties (FL) through Metropolitan Ministries by working in the kitchen and preparing meals.
  • The Ronald McDonald House in Worthington, Ohio was the recipient of ‘wish list’ donations collected from employees in the local Broadspire office. This facility provides a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.

Visit our Global Day of Service photo gallery to see a comprehensive summary, including photos and project descriptions.