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US Corporate Citizenship Volunteer Awards

Meet our people who are making a measurable difference in our communities.


By contributing their time and skills, these volunteers demonstrate Accenture’s commitment to our Skills to Succeed and environmental stewardship corporate citizenship initiatives. Congratulations to our US Corporate Citizenship Volunteer Award Winners!



Helping skilled immigrants find sustainable jobs

Nonprofit: Upwardly Global

Volunteer: Maria Little

Location: Washington, DC

Maria led her Accenture legal colleagues in supporting Upwardly Global, an organization that helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the United States. Maria and her team organized several events with Upwardly Global throughout the year to help job seekers find full-time employment. Her largest event, a virtual job fair, engaged Accenture legal volunteers to help more than 200 job-seekers.

Said Maria, “Using my abilities to network, plan events, give presentations and provide career advice helps me keep those skills fresh.


Supporting homeless youth

Nonprofit: Covenant House

Volunteer Team: Robert Brewster; Susan Cattozzo; Edmund Delussey; Carrie Diewock; Thomas Flake; Michael Gallo; Ricarda Ganjam; Kayla Lane; Mariel Lewis; Paul Miller; Christine Molloy; Gerardo Ojeda; Susan Selimos; Julie Steele; Margaret Smith; Keith Tobias; Catherine Walsh

Locations: New York, New Jersey, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, DC

Accenture volunteers brought our relationship with Covenant House, a nonprofit that provides services to homeless and runaway youth, to new heights this year. This group of individuals serves as relationship managers in their local communities, helping to implement career skilling workshops for approximately 1,000 Covenant House youth across the country. They also work one-on-one with teens on job-preparedness skills, and engage other Accenture volunteers and clients. For example, these relationship managers supported Sleep Out activities—recruiting many of their colleagues to sleep on the street for a night to raise awareness and more than $40,000 for Covenant House.

Said Christine, Volunteering allows us to work with people from all different backgrounds and skill sets. It improves our listening skills, increases our flexibility and teaches us how to better utilize our own strengths and social styles.


Training veteran and youth job seekers

Nonprofit: Goodwill, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, 100K Opportunities Initiative (Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks Foundation)

Volunteer: Cameron Griggs

Location: Seattle

Cameron worked with our Institute for Veterans and Military Families team to help design a training program for veterans assimilating into the civilian workforce. The program has since been adapted by Goodwill to help disadvantaged youth. In addition, Cameron trained more than 30 participants to be trainers as part of Seattle's 100K Opportunities—a coalition of companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 individuals, 16-24 years old, by 2018.

Said Cameron, I worked one-on-one with a student, building and creating his resume and watching his confidence grow. Learning that he got his first job was a great moment.


Preparing high schoolers for college

Nonprofit: Capital Partners for Education

Volunteer Team: Ernest Cordova; Tyler Frederick; Sasha Jay; Ayleen Lau; Rachel Leung; Stephanie Robinson; Mathew Samuel

Location: Washington, DC

The team helped Capital Partners for Education (CPE)—an organization that prepares low-income high school students for college acceptance—improve its technology and develop more efficient operations. They enabled web-based communications on a centralized platform, recruited Accenture colleagues to mentor students and support CPE events, and developed a framework to support CPE’s long-term growth. Together, they volunteered a total of 1,100 hours in fiscal 2016 and helped CPE better serve its students, mentors and community.

Said Tyler, It’s been a great experience to use my professional skills to help a nonprofit operate more efficiently and empower the organization to better achieve its mission.


Helping high school students succeed

Nonprofit: KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program)

Volunteer Team: Emily Busch; Merrick Jacob; Kelly Labuff; Lincoln Lam; Jing Li; Jeff Ma; Louis Mech; Jill Ni; Tiauna Ousley; Daniel Riesgo; Frank Wu

Locations: Baltimore, Kansas City, San Francisco and Washington, DC

Accenture people volunteer with KIPP—a nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools—in nine cities across the United States. Our volunteers help organize career days, coordinate internship programs, donate school supplies and mentor students. Baltimore volunteers helped KIPP leadership assess the financial impact of opening a new high school; Kansas City volunteers helped one of our local nonprofit partners secure a KIPP summer intern; and San Francisco volunteers grew their local summer internship program from just two students in 2015 to 17 students in 2016.

Said Jing, “I led an interactive case study and witnessed the moment when the students realized they could help solve real world problems.


Supporting minority entrepreneurs

Nonprofit: Metropolitan Economic Development Association

Volunteer Team: Benjamin Johnson; Barbara Kennedy; Kunal Mehta; Alfonso Mendoza; Ashish Vimal

Location: Minneapolis

The team volunteered more than 700 hours to help Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) in its mission to mentor and train minority entrepreneurs. Working with MEDA staff, leadership, and clients, the team evaluated current offerings, identified gaps and developed a long-term strategic framework. To broaden MEDA’s reach in the community, the team recommended the use of digital platforms. They suggested an immediate solution in Accenture Academy—a comprehensive, flexible online skill-building platform—provided by Accenture at no charge to MEDA entrepreneurs.

Said Barbara: “It was incredible seeing MEDA’s CEO launch the five-year strategic plan we helped develop to hundreds of attendees at their annual meeting which included clients, community leaders and minority entrepreneurs.


Closing the gender gap in tech

Nonprofit: Girls Who Code

Volunteer Team: Jen McHale-Bryar; Jan Chau; Menaj Chand; Katherine Gibson; Kathleen Kenney; Sydney Marcus; Meggan Muller; Karolina Nowak

Location: Chicago

During the 2015 school year, Chicago volunteers partnered with Girls Who Code—an organization that and equips young women with skills to pursue technology careers—to help more than 100 girls develop computer skills and gain exposure to real-world business and mentorship opportunities. For Girls Who Code Clubs, team members served in lead roles, recruited volunteer instructors to teach weekly meetings and guest speakers to share industry experience, and created materials for use by the clubs. For the Summer Immersion Program, the team helped launch and deliver seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design and mobile development, plus career-focused mentorship and exposure to the city’s top female entrepreneurs and engineers.

Said Sydney, “I volunteer with Girls Who Code because as a woman in technology I know firsthand how important it is to empower girls to be interested in technology and to have the skills they need for the future. I wish Girls Who Code had been around when I was in high school.


Engaging our people in volunteerism

Nonprofits: Arbor Day Foundation, San Antonio Parks and Recreation, San Antonio Youth Educational Support Program

Volunteer: Chace Morris

Location: San Antonio

When Chace became co-lead of the San Antonio Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group (ERG), he inspired fellow ERG members to donate more than 340 hours to local nonprofit organizations. He organized nine events tied to our Skills to Succeed and environmental sustainability initiatives. Volunteers worked with the San Antonio Youth Educational Support Program to increase school supplies for low-income schoolchildren, cleaned up parks for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Adopt-a-Park program and planted trees with the Arbor Day Foundation. Not only did his efforts help the local community, they also brought the ERG closer together.

Said Chace, I make time to volunteer because I like my sons to see at a young age how much more wonderful this world would be if more of us took time to help out.


Empowering women in crisis

Nonprofit: The Gatehouse

Volunteer: Katia Carreno

Location: Dallas

Katia leads our newest Skills to Succeed partnership in Dallas with The Gatehouse, an organization that provides transitional housing to women and children in crisis and offers services, including skills-based training to secure employment, to help the women become self-sufficient. She has helped the organization utilize skills-based training and create local volunteer opportunities. Beyond her individual volunteer contributions, Katia engaged the Dallas Women’s Employee Resource Group to collect nearly $3,000 in household cleaning supplies and gift card donations.

Said Katia, Volunteering has helped me practice and grow my networking, collaboration, and dot-connecting skills. I’m always thinking how I can bring the best of Accenture to The Gatehouse.


Engaging global volunteers

Nonprofit: Junior Achievement NY, Junior Achievement NJ and Girls Who Code

Volunteer: Aimee Constanzo

Location: New York Metro

Aimee is the corporate citizenship co-lead for our finance organization, working with 40 local champions to provide volunteer opportunities to more than 6,000 global finance professionals around the globe. Thanks in part to Aimee’s efforts, to date this year, the finance community has volunteered over 4,600 hours. Aimee increases awareness for corporate citizenship within the community by sharing inspiring stories and engaging leadership support. She has worked with nonprofits including NPower, Junior Achievement New York, Children’s Aid Society and The Nature Conservancy, and she also led the workshop day for our Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program in New York.

Said Aimee, I find it very rewarding and necessary to give back—I want to see people in my community succeed and do well.


Helping veterans transition to workforce

Nonprofit: Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Volunteer: Andrew Tokuyama

Location: Houston

Andrew supported the development and deployment of a new 40-hour customer service training curriculum for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), helping to give back to veterans and their families. Andrew’s dedication, commitment to quality and passion for supporting our IVMF beneficiaries helped Accenture deliver a program that, to date, has prepared more than 360 transitioning service members and their spouses for the civilian workforce.

Said Andrew, “This experience was immensely helpful in my work as a training developer.


Creating opportunities for local volunteers

Nonprofit: Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement

Volunteer Team: Josephine Gencarelli; Sara Kassim

Location: Greater New York City Metro

Sara and Josephine manage our relationship with Junior Achievement of New Jersey. Through this relationship, we participate in 10 volunteer events annually, including the Women’s Future Leadership Forum, JA Done in a Day and JA Career Success. In addition, Sara and Josephine recruited more than 20 colleagues to volunteer at a local Habitat for Humanity construction site.

Said Josephine, It is rewarding to know how much our time and efforts are appreciated and the impact our volunteer time makes on students’ lives.


Mentoring Chicago students for success

Nonprofit: University of Chicago's Collegiate Scholars program

Volunteer Team: Dana Davenport; Melvin Flowers; David Shelow; Jennifer van Blargan

Location: Chicago

These volunteers from Accenture’s legal team partnered with the University of Chicago's Collegiate Scholars program to develop a comprehensive mentoring program for public high school students from tenth through twelfth grade. The mentoring program included sessions on: resume writing, mock job interviews, networking basics, appropriate office dress, social media do's and don'ts, conflict resolution, community services and exposure to technology innovations at the Accenture Innovation Center. The team volunteered more than 50 hours toward these efforts, plus mentored students in the program.

Said Melvin, “Volunteering with this program improved my ability to connect with people of all age ranges and has made me more aware of the challenges facing young people today.


Running to fight homelessness

Nonprofit: Back on My Feet

Volunteer: Mark Weyant

Location: Chicago

Mark mobilized more than 50 Accenture volunteers in Chicago to support Back on My Feet (BoMF), an organization that combats homelessness through running, community support, and employment and housing resources. Volunteers conducted regular trainings for BoMF members including resume writing, job interview preparation, e-mail, social media and more. Together they contributed nearly 200 hours of service and developed a new curriculum which will utilize Accenture’s Learning Exchange. In addition, under Mark’s leadership, over 100 Accenture volunteers participated in BoMF’s annual Mardi Gras Chaser 10K/5K.

Said Mark, “Being part of someone becoming self-sufficient again is transformative.


Mentoring homeless youth

Nonprofit: Covenant House

Volunteer: Shirley Yu

Location: New York Metro

Shirley volunteers with Covenant House, a nonprofit that provides services including food and shelter to homeless and runaway youth. From being a mentor to simply being a much-needed friend, Shirley has helped many teens who have passed through Covenant House’s doors in New Jersey. She also leads the nonprofit’s Rights of Passage, a program which provides transitional living to help address the long-term needs of at-risk youth who first come to Covenant House in crisis. Beyond her volunteer work, Shirley shows her support for homeless youth by fundraising and sleeping outside in Covenant House’s Sleep Out.

Said Shirley, “I feel very lucky my parents supported me in my life decisions and provided me with stability to achieve my goals. Not everyone has that—so if I’m able to give back in any way, I’ll try my best.


Sparking new ways to mentor

Nonprofit: Urban League, Communities in Schools

Volunteer: Wanda Riddick

Location: Charlotte

During the last year, Wanda engaged our people to participate in the Communities in Schools program, a mentoring program for students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Thanks to Wanda’s efforts, Accenture colleagues volunteered as students' lunch buddies, homework helpers and mentors. Additionally, Wanda has helped to deepen our relationship with the Urban League in Charlotte.

Said Wanda, “Volunteering has helped me grow professionally while also sharing my knowledge to help others better themselves.


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