Michigan Governor honors Amway with Corporate Community Leader Award
In 2011, Amway employees spent more than 20,000 hours volunteering at 123 West Michigan nonprofit organizations – building playgrounds, teaching at public schools and filling food pantries, among many other activities. The result had a positive impact on more than 285,000 children.
These efforts were recognized when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder presented Amway with the Governor's Service Corporate Community Leader Award during a ceremony held July 23 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit.
Committed to children and community
“Giving back to the community and volunteering is in our company’s DNA,” said Amway Vice President Todd Woodward. “Amway employees are committed to helping Michigan children and communities. Through their selfless generosity and volunteerism, they fulfill the company’s vision of helping people live better lives.”
Amway volunteer coordinator Dawnlynn Suttorp agrees. “We see this award as a recognition for the many Amway employees who generously contribute their time, resources and talents to help children across West Michigan through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children,” she said.
Amway volunteers can be found donating their time at Grand Rapids Public Schools, providing meals through the Kids Food Basket program and working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help build organic gardens throughout the U.S.
Amway was nominated for the award by its playground-building partner, KaBOOM!.
"Amway’s work with KaBOOM! is just a small part of the great services it provides through its One By One Campaign for Children. Amway’s unparalleled leadership, terrific ingenuity and great passion in helping improve the lives of children is nothing short of incredible," said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM!
Since 2007, Amway has rallied 2,000 employee volunteers and nearly 3,300 overall volunteers build 14 playgrounds in partnership with KaBOOM, providing safe places to play for more than 20,000 children.
During the playground builds, volunteers have manually moved more than 600,000 square feet of safety surfacing – enough to cover 128 NBA-sized basketball courts.
The Governor’s Service Awards
The Governor's Service Corporate Community Leader awards, given in eight categories, are presented in partnership with the Michigan Community Service Commission.
Established in 1994, the awards recognize volunteers who demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day. Previous awardees in the corporate category include the Monroe Bank & Trust, Coleman Engineering Company and the Great Lakes Capital Fund.
This year’s awardees were selected from more than 130 individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations from across the state.
To learn more about Amway and the One by One Campaign for Children visit the campaign's blog at http://blogs.amway.com/onebyone/.