2016 was the year of the volunteer at John Deere with more than 5,000 employees around the world participating in the company’s inaugural Serving Our Communities initiative.
Answering Chairman and CEO Sam Allen’s call to give back to their home communities, employees packaged meals and collected food for food banks, planted gardens at schools, and taught farmers in developing countries to be more productive through demonstration plots. They also built houses through Habitat for Humanity, renovated schools, and picked up litter.
Beneficiaries of the Serving our Communities program were enthusiastic about Deere employees’ generosity. “John Deere Cary is among our most valuable supporters - they make real to us that we are not alone in our efforts to help the hungry in our community,” said Fred Baldwin, farm manager of Interfaith Food Shuttle in Cary, North Carolina.
A smallholder farmer in India added, “I am really happy after getting this technical support. I’m sure this practice of farming will improve our economic condition. I would like to thank everyone.”
Participating employees provided 17,000 volunteer hours, compared with the enterprise’s overall record 158,000 recorded hours in 2016, demonstrating the value of being a Power for Good wherever Deere does business.