AKRON—Goodyear is hosting its first Week of Volunteering June 1-7, involving more than 1,100 Goodyear associates and others who will provide an estimated 5,700 hours of volunteer service to Akron-area non-profit organizations. Company locations in Brazil and China will join the effort with volunteer activities in their local communities.
Through more than 60 projects, Goodyear volunteers will refurbish a camp for kids, stock community foodbanks, install smoke alarms and educate community members about road safety.
"Volunteerism and community engagement are part of Goodyear's history and the foundation of our corporate social responsibility efforts," Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president, said in a statement. "The Week of Volunteering represents a step to connect more of our associates with the community and to encourage them to contribute their time, skills and resources on behalf of Goodyear throughout the year."
Participating organizations in Goodyear's Week of Volunteering include:
- Akron Children's Hospital
- Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
- Akron Marathon
- Akron Public Schools - NIHF STEM Middle School
- American Red Cross - Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties Chapter
- Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve
- City of Akron Peacemakers
- Downtown Akron Partnership
- Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
- Leadership Akron
- Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
- United Way of Summit County
The program is also offering skills-based volunteer programs where associates provide their professional skills and expertise to local non-profits, including IT consulting for non-profits, training middle school students on presentation skills and engaging K-12 students in job-shadowing activities. Non-profit representatives also will be invited to attend professional development workshops delivered by Goodyear employees in areas such as leadership development, career growth and project management.