More than 1,000 employees from the different companies of SM Prime Holdings Inc. across the country cleaned up a total of 57 public elementary schools last June 4 as part of the company’s annual Employee Volunteerism Program project “Adopt-A-School.” Spearheaded by the Human Resource Department, the project aims to provide its employees a platform to give back and help the community, specially those who are in need.
In partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime, the employee volunteers including some of the company’s executives took part in repairing, cleaning and beautifying the school grounds to make them more conducive for learning prior to the opening of the school year. To highlight the importance of greening open spaces, the volunteers also helped plant trees in selected schools. Volunteers shouldered the expenses for the cleanup and repairs, while other SM employees also raised funds to donate school supplies, books and equipment.
According to Julie Miteria, vice president of HR for SM Supermalls, more than 65,000 teachers and students from the selected public elementary schools nationwide will benefit from the project. “This project does not only highlight the value of education but also the spirit of volunteerism which helps uplift the lives of those who have less,” shared Miteria.