USA: Panasonic Summer Interns Making A Difference in the Local Community
On a hot summer day in July, Panasonic's Summer Interns upheld Panasonic's business philosophy of "Contributing to Society" through a Volunteer Day at the YCS (Youth Consultation Service) Kilbarchan Residential Treatment Center in Paterson, New Jersey. YCS is a New Jersey based non-profit provider of behavioral, health, and social services to children and teenagers who have suffered at the hands of abuse or neglect or who simply have special needs that are not being met. One of the organization's major focuses is the placement of children in stable and supportive foster homes.
The Honorable Councilman Benjie E. Wimberly (center) Paterson, NJ presents a Certificate of Special Recognition for Panasonic
Kilbarchan located in Paterson, NJ is an all male facility which houses residents ranging in age from 12 to 18. Panasonic's involvement with YCS began in 2005 through the funding of various programs. There have been donations of company products to several YCS group homes. In addition, employee volunteers have hosted activities such as a Christmas Party and the YCS Summerfest, both held at Panasonic's US Headquarters offices in Secaucus.
This year was no exception! Panasonic summer interns pulled off an extreme makeover for the residents of Kilbarchan while they were away on a day trip. Rooms were painted, new bedding and curtains were put in place, new furniture was brought in, and photos that were taken by the residents with donated LUMIX digital cameras were organized. Their photos were then printed and framed to decorate the walls. In addition, Panasonic sponsored and outfitted two of their recreation spaces with Xbox game systems, Panasonic home theater systems, bookshelf stereo systems and VIERA plasma TVs.
A few strong Panasonic Interns help moving new furniture and carpet into the facility.
After a full six hours of hard work, Panasonic interns excitedly waited to provide a warm welcome for the young men when they came back to their new home. All of the residents were surprised by their new space and thanked the interns with smiles and applause; it was a great success. This community service opportunity not only made a difference within the Kilbarchan group home, but also helped the Panasonic interns to understand the significance of Panasonic's global principle of "Contribution to Society".
(by Terri from Panasonic Corporation of North America)