Volunteers head ‘back to school’

August 2012 │ Jersey City, NJ

Deutsche Bank volunteers from the New York and New Jersey offices participated in a large-scale school beautification project in Jersey City.

Their efforts were notable for two reasons: first, the volunteers were working in a new school, so to speak. Earlier this year, the Jersey City Global Charter School was granted a charter to open as its proposed 486-student elementary school on a residential block in the city’s Journal Square neighborhood. The volunteers were literally transforming otherwise empty building space into a stimulating, welcoming learning environment.

Second, volunteer commitment and time were particularly strong. A total of 64 employees participated in projects over one week – a full five days of giving back to the community. Private Wealth Management’s newest analyst class volunteered for the first four days, while volunteers from the Harborside office (mostly Group Technology & Operations) finished off the fifth and final day at the school. According to Jersey Cares, the organization that planned and managed the projects, Deutsche Bank volunteers completed nearly 550 hours of service.

Among the volunteers’ many tangible accomplishments: they built raised planter beds and benches, decorated mobile gardens, and painted walls and murals in classrooms and other spaces throughout the campus. More importantly, though, employees were able to collaborate and connect in an informal setting. Matthew-James Moore, who coordinated the Friday volunteers, said it "was a great opportunity to not only network across [my division] and the rest of the organization, but it was an opportunity to help impact the lives of many children. I could feel and see the impact we made to the community.”

The school was recently granted an additional planning year to develop its academic and operational components. The physical improvements made by the Deutsche Bank volunteers will still serve good purpose as the school welcomes numerous families to open houses to be held this fall.


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