By : Nora Chisnell
April 12, 2016 09:00 AM
On Friday, April 8, NCR employees volunteered to make improvements and host games with the children at the Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club. Along with our hometown customer, the Atlanta Falcons and future neighbor, Georgia Institute of Technology, they partnered to bring curb appeal to the facility and engage with the children near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, future home of the Atlanta Falcons and new Atlanta United soccer team.
The front garden lacked interest, and drainage problems caused soil to wash onto the sidewalk, so volunteers adjusted the grade and created a whimsical space with colorful stepping stones, hopscotch courts, and benches, all set in pea gravel. NCR employees and Atlanta Falcons players, Paul Worrilow and Ricardo Allen alongside staff and Georgia Tech students engaged the children in a football clinic, field day games and arts and crafts.
While one group of children worked on their football throwing technique and ran fitness drills, others played games, made string bracelets or learned how to make healthy snacks with nutritionists from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
It was a beautiful spring day for brightening the facility and the making children’s (and volunteers’) day. Freddie the Falcon and Falcons cheerleaders contributed to the fun.
"We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with NCR and the Falcons in this beautification project of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta - Bellwood Club,” says Leisa Smith, Executive Director, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. “The time and dedication given means a lot to the community and even more to the children."
“Giving back to the communities where we live and work has always been in our DNA," added NCR Executive Sponsor Marija Zivanovic-Smith, Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman and CEO. “Our entire team takes pride in NCR's rich 132-year history of community service and iNCRedible employee culture. That's why we're so excited to partner with Bellwood Boys & Girls Club alongside Georgia Tech to make a lasting impact on Atlanta’s Westside.”
This is just one of many ways NCR engages in corporate philanthropy around the world. Each year, NCR employees donated funds, food, blood, books and blankets. They participated in revitalization projects at schools and community centers. And they run, bike, and walk to raise awareness and donations for charity. They plant trees and recycle paper, bottles, and office equipment. They mentor children and host cricket and soccer clinics.