Thirty-eight employees, joined by family and friends, volunteered as part of the annual New York Cares Day service event to revitalize public schools throughout New York City.
Volunteers spent the day at P.S. 140, a public elementary school on the Lower East Side section of Manhattan. They broke out into small groups to tackle 18 different projects throughout the school building and its surrounding area. Projects included cleaning storage closets; organizing the school library; and painting hallways, fence railings, playground spaces and outdoor murals.
“It was great to see how much could be accomplished in just one day,” said Jim Shields, an associate in Group Technology & Operations.
The event was organized by Deutsche Bank’s long-time nonprofit partner New York Cares. Each fall, New York Cares brings thousands of volunteers to schools to paint murals, refresh classrooms, organize libraries, and brighten up playgrounds for New York Cares Day. According to New York Cares, it is the City’s largest hands-on volunteer day. For this year’s event, 7,000 volunteers were engaged in service at 100 different public schools. The combined efforts were valued at over USD 1 million in service.
New York Cares meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. Each year, New York Cares brings vital volunteer support to more than 1,000 nonprofit agencies, public schools and other deserving organizations throughout the five boroughs. Program staff work with each organization to identify their most pressing needs, create projects where volunteers can make a meaningful difference, and then recruit and deploy teams of volunteers to help meet those needs. The great majority of these projects typically would not exist if it were not for New York Cares.