Volunteer activities

Volunteer activities

We bring our hearts and minds to work

Here, we highlight the positive impact VFS employees made on their local communities through volunteer activities and charitable donations.

VFS Region APAC

  • In China, 30 VFS colleagues contributed more than 100 hours of service, conducting joint English teaching classes at Xinghe School in the local community

  • Region APAC supported the Asia Spelling Cup with a financial donation. The Spelling Cup is the largest spelling bee in Asia, with students from China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand
     

VFS Region EMEA

  • VFS Germany runners joined almost 70,000 others in the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, in which donations to runners are used to support sports programs for young individuals with disabilities

  • VFS Turkey developed a new appreciation program for end-of-term customers, where customers receive a certificate for tree planted in their name. VFS Turkey initially donated 5,000 new trees in a plantation area now called “VFS Grove”
     

VFS Region Americas

  • VFS USA supported these charities and many others, through its community involvement program:
    • Special Olympics is a global organization whose mission is to transform lives through the joy of sports for people with intellectual disabilities. VFS USA colleagues volunteer time and give donations to support local activities
    • Volunteers donated approximately 150 hours of service and donations to support the local Ronald McDonald House, which provides a caring and supportive home environment for families with sick children who are in treatment – without the high cost of a hotel room
       
  • VFS Canada donated funds in memory of VFS colleague, Joe Morana. Funds went to the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research

  • VFS Brazil and Volvo Group Latin America donated funds and employees contributed their time to the Solidarity Foundation, which offers housing for children and adolescents at risk, and provides food, education and healthcare for individuals who live there. The groups also supported the Social Responsibility Project, a partnership with a local public school in which VFS provides young high school boys and girls 17-24 years of age a work experience as apprentices, as well as career and personal development guidance
     

Other VFS donations were made during the year, supporting many global organizations, including:

  • United Way, an organization committed to reducing poverty worldwide

  • The Salvation Army Angel tree, with gifts to children and seniors during the holiday season

  • Urban Ministry, Second Harvest, and Hot Dish & Hope food assistance programs

  • NCCJ ANYTOWN, a program that brings diverse groups of children together to celebrate each other’s differences, and to talk about the importance of respect, understanding and inclusivity

  • Junior Achievement, an organization that provides hands-on coaching for children of all ages on the value of education, career aspirations, and skills and life and business

“At VFS, we bring our hearts and minds to work,” said Scott Rafkin, EVP and President of VFS. “We are involved in our local communities, and we reach out with a spirit of volunteerism and service in ways that help make life a little easier for those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to all VFS employees who have donated their time, money, and effort in 2016 towards these causes. Our sense of community is a big part of what makes VFS special and a great place to work.”