Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 15:20

More than 22,000 volunteers prepare activities in 70 cities across Brazil

The sixth edition of the “Doing Good Day” – a corporate volunteer campaign of the Camargo Corrêa Group, will be held on August 24, totaling 300 actions geared toward doing good

release dbf alagoasAn action of the Doing Good Day in the USP Rowing Lanes in 2013

For the sixth year in a row, the Camargo Corrêa Group will gather thousands of employees, their family members and partners in a grand volunteer event. The 2014 "Doing Good Day" will be held on the next-to-last Sunday of August (08/24), simultaneously in 15 countries and in 70 cities in Brazil. There will be around 300 actions involving health, education, childhood, sports, the environment and improvement of public areas, among others, with expected participation of 22,000 volunteers.

Volunteer employees from 13 companies of Camargo Corrêa Group scattered throughout Brazil, Mozambique, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, South Africa, Egypt, the United States, and Spain will donate one day to help others. In Portugal and Cape Verde, the Doing Good Day will be held on October 4.

All actions of the Doing Good Day are planned months in advance. Employees are encouraged to organize themselves into groups to assess the needs of communities, the possible benefited institutions or stakeholders, and partnership opportunities. The methodology and systematization are conducted by the Camargo Corrêa Institute (ICC), the private social investment arm of the Camargo Corrêa Group.

The grassroots efforts promoted by employees in the cities in which they operate allows for actions of a different character and in tune with the demands of the community. A survey conducted since 2009 shows that activities related to education and childhood account for 70% of the activities suggested by the volunteers. There are lectures, donations of books and equipment, refurbishment of children's schools and healthcare facilities, among others.

"The volunteers understand that education is a way to transform the lives of children, youths and adults," says Francisco Azevedo, executive director of the Camargo Corrêa Institute. "One of the mains goals of the Doing Good Day is to improve social bonds, and education is a powerful tool in the integration of people," he concludes.

In São Paulo, for example, CCDI employees organized a day of orientation on careers for youths served by the "Vivendo com Arte" institution. The lectures and workshops will be held at ETEC in Paraisópolis. In addition to professional guidance (tips for writing résumés, interviews and testimonials about professions), there will be art activities and a talk about sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases to adolescents.

The staff of the São Lourenço Production System job site, of the Camargo Corrêa construction company – the largest sanitation Public-Private Partnership in currently in progress in Brazil – chose to renovate the Escola Municipal Sará-Sará (Sará-Sará Municipal School) in Ibiúna, São Paulo, and carry out activities for recreation and socializing with the students.

Renovation and recreation were also the activities selected by employees of InterCement and the Alpargatas Institute in João Pessoa, Paraíba. Eight schools were selected to receive a group effort of revitalization. The Escola Municipal Frutuoso Barbosa (Frutoso Barbosa Municipal School), for example, will have the roof refurbished, receive janitorial services, and get a new paint job.

The Escola Municipal Idalina Azevedo (Idalina Azevedo Municipal School), in Brumado, Bahia, will get a new library with 16 shelves. The former space used for the books will be transformed into a "Factory of Musicians."

Employees of the Camargo Corrêa construction company in São Paulo will continue the action started last year with the Escola Estadual Professor Ceciliano Jose Ennes (Professor Ceciliano Jose Ennes State School). Repairs will be made at the site, and a fully equipped movie room will also be set up. The institution serves, on a full-time basis, approximately 600 children aged 6 to 10 years in the community of Paraisópolis.

Employees of Tavex, in Americana, selected the Associação Americanense de Acolhimento – which serves 25 children in situations of social vulnerability and protected by court order – as a priority action. The activity includes setting up a garden, revitalizing areas, cultural activities with the children, clothing and toy donation drives, and administrative workshop for directors of the association.

Every year the event gains more widespread actions. The number of social actions jumped from 72 in 2009 to 260 in 2013. Consequently, the number of volunteers involved also grew exponentially, from 6,000 people mobilized in 2009 to 20,000 in 2013.

The 13 companies in the Camargo Corrêa Group participating in the 2014 edition are: Alpargatas, Camargo Corrêa Desenvolvimento Imobiliário (CCDI), Camargo Corrêa S.A., Centro de Soluções Compartilhadas (CSC), Construtora Camargo Corrêa, CPFL Energia, Estaleiro Atlântico Sul, Grupo CCR, HM Engenharia, InterCement, Morro Vermelho Táxi Aéreo (MVTA), Participações Morro Vermelho (PMV), and Tavex Corporation.

As in recent years, guest companies also take part in the "Doing Good Day": Grupo Promon and Makro Engenharia carry out actions in Fortaleza (CE), São Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Barueri (SP), Campinas (SP), and Belo Horizonte (MG). The Loma Negra Foundation, which operates in Argentina, and the Alpargatas Institute are strategic partners in the "Doing Good Day.

About the "Doing Good Day"

The "Doing Good Day" has been held since 2009, close to National Volunteer Day, which is celebrated on August 28. The purpose of the Doing Good Day is to encourage and support employees of Camargo Corrêa Group companies in carrying out voluntary activities for the communities where they work, as well as to promote and disseminate the culture of volunteering.

About the Camargo Corrêa Institute

The Camargo Corrêa Institute (ICC) serves the communities in which the companies of the Camargo Corrêa Group are present. Its mission is to articulate and strengthen organizations that contribute to the integral formation of children, adolescents and youths for sustainable community development. For such, it develops four social programs: Infância Ideal, Escola Ideal, Futuro Ideal and Ideal Voluntário. For each program, projects are created that complement one another. Currently 152 projects are developed in 64 municipalities, directly benefiting 23,500 people.