Several Hundreds Help Society with Voluntary Work
The National Museum of History in Boyana hosted for the first time the official opening of the AmCham-BCAF Volunteer Day on May 28th, 2011that is organized for a fourth year. The media and the volunteers were welcomed warmly by the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick, Dana Leff-Niedzelska, co-chairman of the committee on corporate social responsibility of the Chamber and manager of PPD, Valentin Georgiev, Executive Director of AmCham Bulgaria, Elitsa Barakova, Director of Aid Foundation Charity in Bulgaria (BCAF), and Nadezhda Angelska, chief coordinator of Program Europe at the Sofia municipality.
“This day is an opportunity for the American companies to return some of the profits made in Bulgaria back to the Bulgarian society and through voluntary work to help his country to become a better place to live”, said Ambassador James Warlick.
“Our message is that more employers will follow the example of those companies that go to volunteer”, Elitsa Barakova said.
The working Saturday gathered about 900 employees of AmCham and non-AmCham member companies in Bulgaria who worked on 23 projects in Sofia, Stara Zagora, Varna, Shoumen, Blagoevgrad, Gabrovo and Sliven. Projects included cleaning of parks, painting of garden facilities, aid in homes for children without parents and the elderly, centers for children with disabilities, centers for environmental protection. Volunteers helped repair and renewal of equipment in homes and maintenance of parks.
New projects in the campaign this year included: National Museum of History, National Museum of Military History, National Museum of Natural History, City Library, State Archives Agency, and eco-village in Kamenica. The most attractive activities were: painting of benches and equipment in Sofia Zoo, activities in the park of Vitosha, planting flowers in the Alexander Hospital.
Thirty Five Companies Took Part in Volunteering
119 Secondary School
American College of Sofia
Astra Zeneca Bulgaria
BCD Travel Bulgaria
COLLIERS International Bulgaria
Enel Maritza East 3
Eurobank EFG Bulgaria (under the brandname of Postbank)
French Language Secondary School
Hotel Park Inn Sofia
Johnson & Johnson Doo.
Johnson Controls Electronics Bulgaria
Merck Sharp & Dohme Bulgaria
National Gymnasium of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Radisson Blu Grand Hotel
Top 100 Research
Vector Management Bulgaria