We caught up with Gayatri Sonar, Senior Manager CIS-IT Applications, Marsh McLennan Global Services India, on her experience volunteering with colleagues to distribute food to local families in need:
Tell us about the volunteer day.
Alongside a group of 15 colleagues in the India CIS Tech Team, we worked with the organization Robinhood Army, to brainstorm ideas and arrange an impactful volunteer day in the Pune region. We bought food essentials including flour, rice, dal, salt, oil, tea and spices, and packaged the items into food parcels then distributed to 63 families in the Yashwant Nagar area. Colleagues spent time speaking with the families living there, listening to their stories and learning about their experiences.
Why do you think it’s important to give back?
In addition to the impact we made to the community, giving back and making a difference feels good. We were able to spend time directly with the people we helped which was a unique experience. You can really see, feel, and understand the difference you’re making to people’s lives. This type of activity helps bring perspective and gratitude for your own life. We’re all looking forward to participating in Global Volunteer Month this year.
Hear how Tiago Pimentel, the Head of Marketing and Communications for Mercer Portugal and a Social Impact Ambassador, worked with our cross-business Social Impact Committee to organize a full day of volunteering for 350 colleagues:
What did colleagues do on the day?
We partnered with many local organizations. Colleagues renovated different nonprofit centers supporting seniors, children, mental health and a dog shelter. They also volunteered directly with the people through activities such as playing games with seniors, children and hosting a talent show for those with mental health challenges.
Why is it important to do this and how has it made a difference in your communities?
It’s very important as our actions really make a difference—without us they would be unlikely to find support. Colleagues are very keen to help, evident in the positive feedback we receive each year from those who attend. It’s a unique opportunity for colleagues across Marsh McLennan to connect, to deepen existing relationships and build new ones while benefiting the community. To experience the positive impact you’re having on someone’s life first hand is something you don’t forget!
We hear how Tesantha Naidoo, Principal at Mercer Career Consulting, South Africa, co-hosted an event to inspire a group of local female students to achieve their dreams and career aspirations:
Tell us about the volunteer day.
As part of our observance of International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world, the Mercer South Africa Social Impact team hosted the top 10 female students from a school in Johannesburg at our offices. The aim was for the students to understand what a day in the life of a Mercer colleague feels like and inspire them on their career journeys. The students were given a tour around the office and got to spend time sharing their experiences and learning from members of the Mercer South Africa team.
What did the colleagues take away from the experience?
Learning about the personal experiences of the students and each other was a very humbling experience for us all. We learned a lot about each other’s backgrounds and got to understand how some colleagues have had particularly challenging life events to overcome. We hadn’t connected like this before; it’s made us appreciate and understand each other in a deeper way and brought us closer together.
Hear how Cecilia Tornel, Executive Assistant, Lippincott in Mexico, volunteers with Missing Maps to put people living in at-risk communities on the map:
What is mapping?
Mapping takes place with our nonprofit partner, Missing Maps. There are parts of the world completely unmapped, including entire cities. People living there effectively are ‘missing’ from maps as are many remote communities. A lot of these unmapped places tend to be in developing countries and are more likely to require humanitarian assistance.
How does the mapping have an impact?
Marsh McLennan colleagues’ volunteer work with Missing Maps made 400,000+ people visible in 2022! Without being on maps, these at-risk communities are unknown to humanitarian agencies and are extremely vulnerable to the impact of disasters and crises. For example, in Guatemala, the impact of the catastrophic floods following hurricane Eta in 2020 is still being felt. The mapping of remote buildings helps identify settlements to support rebuilding and risk prevention programs for future disasters.
Our @MarshGlobal colleagues in Mexico recently participated in 2 clean-up activities to celebrate Global Volunteer Month at @MarshMcLennan. Thanks to everyone for contributing to their community & strengthening our sense of responsibility to our environment. #MMImpact pic.twitter.com/f9MdqKcL4c— Marsh McLennan (@MarshMcLennan) May 24, 2023
To kick off Global Volunteer Month, our @MarshMcLennan teammates in NYC participated in a 5K event raising $12K for the @Sept11Memorial in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11, including 358 of our colleagues, and to honor the bravery of all first responders. #MMImpact pic.twitter.com/YMlwnbxoWq— Marsh McLennan (@MarshMcLennan) May 6, 2023