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Giving Back by Giving More

Values, CompanyDanielle Samaniego, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Sometimes it’s just as important to roll up your sleeves as it is to open your wallet.

Disasters make the news, but the real work lies in the aftermath. That’s where volunteers kick into gear, hitting the ground where needed, literally picking up the pieces and helping communities rebuild lives.

It’s a mentality ingrained into Gap Inc.’s DNA. Last year alone, Gap Inc. employees volunteered more than 500,000 hours.

And then there are the super volunteers.

“In 2011, I was working at a store in Sendai, the epicenter of the big earthquake,” said Gap Japan employee Kaori Yamagata. “I was so inspired by people helping others and started thinking about what I can do to help. I volunteer because it helps me to grow as a person.”

For the last 14 years, Gap Foundation has recognized those who especially love giving back by allowing them to give more. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, a select group is sent to locations around the world to build homes where they’re most needed. That’s included everywhere from New Orleans and New Jersey following devastating hurricanes to Honduras and Sri Lanka. Known as Community Corps, volunteers are heading to Guatemala this week for a Habitat project.

“Over the last six years, I have used fundraising, hands-on labor, and advocacy skills to assist in building over 30 different homes throughout the country,” said Sarah McClellan Currey, who’s participating in this year’s trip. “Through serving, I have learned compassion, positivity, and perseverance through hard times.”

Those are the kinds of skills that make Gap Inc. employees who they are.