Community service week at Low & Bonar 2018
For the past six years, the trainees from Low & Bonar in Hückelhoven have been involved in supporting charitable projects for one week at the beginning of December. The seven trainees are given time off by the company to do this. This year the trainees again decided to spend their time at two different charitable service organisations. One group offered to help the clothing and food pantry in Hückelhoven by assisting local volunteers during the stressful Christmas season. The other group went to the aid organisation for mentally handicapped people “Lebenshilfe” in Heinsberg to gain experience in caring for people with disabilities.
The trainees independently planned and prepared everything a few weeks before the start.
At the clothing and food pantry, the tasks of Marcel Maier, Gina Venedey and Celine Schiffer included bringing toys and clothing to the depot in Hückelhoven Baal, where donations are handed out to the needy.
At Lebenshilfe in Heinsberg, group leaders supervise the work of people with disabilities. The task of Kristy Küpper, Marie-Louise Weidner and Jana Hoff was to support the group leaders at Lebenshilfe.
The aim of the community service week is for trainees to learn early on to assume responsibility through independent planning and implementation of the project.
“I think the community service week is a very good thing because it supports people who are not as fortunate as you are. I think it’s great that Low & Bonar offers us the opportunity to participate in this project. I don’t know of any other company with a training program that features this type of community service week,” says Marcel Maier.
The trainees believe that the company can influence society as a global employer. That’s why they want to lead by example and give something back where it is needed.