Deloitte staff make an impact across Bermuda
Almost 100 staff at Deloitte Bermuda spent a working day away from the office helping projects in the community.
They did so as part of Impact Day, the company’s annual celebration of its commitment to community involvement on the island.
This was the second year Deloitte’s staff have spent an entire workday teaming up and volunteering within the community. All 93 staff at Deloitte Bermuda contributed towards this initiative at four locations across the island.
The Bermuda National Trust, the Adult Education School, Habitat for Humanity and the Eliza DoLittle Society, all benefited from Deloitte’s voluntary assistance.
Volunteers at the Bermuda National Trust met at Scaur Lodge Nature Reserve, Sandys, and helped remove invasive plant species and cleared walking paths.
Lawrence Doughty, conservation officer at the Bermuda National Trust, said: “Everybody was amazing at getting stuck in and clearing a beautiful trail down to the waterfront, as well as removed several invasive trees and plants that were encroaching on endemics (cedars, olivewoods and palmettoes).
“To wrap up the day, everyone cleared the area of litter, starting from the nature reserve and leading all the way down to the public dock at Ely’s Harbour. It was a very productive and enjoyable day.”
At the Adult Education School, Deloitte team members took part in projects that included upgrading the student lounge to create a free library space, and building inspirational bulletin boards for the students. The group worked in the computer room, organising and assembling new computer monitors for students and conducted inventory checks of books and supplies — among other projects.
One of the larger Deloitte groups worked with Sheelagh Cooper, managing director at Habitat for Humanity, to remove branches, rocks and dead foliage at the old Pembroke Rest Home. This is a large project, and once the outside space was cleared team members swept and scrubbed the floors throughout the building, cleaned the large kitchen and scraped paint off the back patio.
Ms Cooper said: “Habitat is hugely grateful to the employees of Deloitte who volunteered their time to assist with the repairs and clean up to the Pembroke Habitat site. It was amazing to watch as they took command of the site; clearing brush during the morning and then in the afternoon moving inside the building and transforming many of the rooms and turning a disused kitchen into a sight to behold!”
Meanwhile, at the Eliza DoLittle Foundation, Deloitte team members helped by cleaning the interior and organising and sorting through donated food items in the pantry, as well as helping to pack food bags for clients as they arrived.
Rachelle Frisby, partner and chairwoman of Deloitte Bermuda’s corporate social responsibility committee said: “Impact Day is a year-round celebration of Deloitte’s commitment to community investment. However, contrary to what the name may suggest, Impact Day is not just one day, and activities surrounding it take different forms and occur at various times throughout the year in Bermuda and around the world.”