On Friday, November 14, a group of Ernst & Young LLP employees from Phoenix traded their laptops for paintbrushes and gardening tools to clean up Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School located in the Roosevelt School District. By the end of the day, the school shined with well-groomed garden and playground areas and a new mural of Monarch butterflies (the school mascot). Along with support from Valley of the Sun United Way, approximately 100 EY volunteers helped with general clean up and painting throughout the school. Activities like this one are a local example of the firm’s EY Connect Day, an annual day of service during which employees across the U.S., Canada, Israel, Mexico, Central America and South America volunteer within their communities.
“EY employees are great supporters of the Phoenix community throughout the year, and we look forward to the opportunity to increase our impact through EY Connect Day,” says Phoenix office managing partner Ron Butler. “This reinforces our firm’s purpose of building a better working world while allowing our people to connect with each other, strengthen existing community relationships and form new ones.”
Community engagement is one of the ways EY fosters high performance teaming. Volunteering reinforces the importance of collaboration, valuing diverse perspectives, continuous learning, and mutual accountability for achieving results. In 2013, more than 10,000 EY volunteers put in more than 70,000 hours of service in communities across the US, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Central America and South America.
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