At Collette, the culture of giving back is so strong. Each employee receives 4 hours of volunteer time each month which is why each year, the amount of volunteer hours continues to rise and break records. In 2013, the Collette team gave 2,263 hours to our local communities.
So many of our employee body take time out of their busy schedules to feed the homeless, clean up the community, help at cancer centers, mentor children and organize food and supplies at food banks, but there are quite a few employees whose presence is constant. We are lucky to have on our team employees who truly embrace the spirit and culture of giving and represent us again and again so well.
When asked the simple question, “Why do you do it?” their answers flooded in, each one unique:
“Travel is about making a connection with someone and someplace you never could have otherwise, and leaving a positive impact on them the way they have left upon you. I have been so lucky to witness what amazing things can happen when people come together to improve the lives of others.” — Allison Flint Lenzi
“There are too many people sad, sick, without care, kids without toys, families without shelter or food, or worst of all, those people that are in dire circumstances. One of the things I love most of all is the community work I do. I give a big thanks to the culture of Collette that gives so many of us the forum to do great things.” – Brett Walker
“I volunteer because I love to hear my “mentee” laugh. He’s 10 years old and he brings out the 10-year-old in me. We get so lost in our day-to-day lives that it’s easy to forget to laugh or have fun. I am so fortunate to have been able to watch him grow. I do it because I like the way being a mentor makes me feel.” – Byron Allgood
“In my times of need, I received so much support. When my own child had a serious illness, I would not have been able to get to the wonderful place we are at today without that support. I hope that a small difference in the lives of people in need will make the difference it did to me!” — Patricia Grady
“I love seeing the smiling faces of the kids in the pictures that Knysna Educational Trust sends over and knowing that we have made a dramatic impact to their futures. We have been able to set the kids on a path that can literally alter the direction of their lives. That’s pretty amazing.” — Tracey Conlon
“Being part of the Collette Foundation is very rewarding. Just to see the smiles on the faces of the children and families that we help is so heartwarming.” — Siobhan Siedzik
“I volunteer because it brings personal fulfillment to help someone through an act of kindness.” — Glady Michael
“I feel like I get so much joy out of life that it is only right for me to try and give back. More specifically, we as a company get to go all over the world, enjoy various cultures and beautiful lands, and experience all the world has to offer, so it’s only right that we try to give back to the specific communities that we are so lucky to visit.” — Chris Cahill
“I love giving back and volunteering for so many reasons. What gives me the passion and drive is meeting the individuals behind the organizations and seeing what drives them to do what they do. They are the real heroes and this is their passion. Us volunteers help them to be able to make their missions come to life.” — Dawn Rodrigues