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Darnelle Richardson, program coordinator of the Jersey City Library Literacy Program, welcomed employees from Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks, a volunteer initiative that encourages Goldman Sachs employees to donate at least one business day to volunteering once a year. On Friday, June 5, 2015, 10 CTW participants came to the Greenville Branch Library to interact with nine literacy students of basic to intermediate English ability to converse for a few hours. One literacy student could not make it, so another fellow student enjoyed interacting with two Goldman Sachs employees!

Ms. Richardson devised a fun ice breaker for both groups, called, People Bingo, where those from Community TeamWorks first received instruction on how to proceed, then they mingled with literacy students, asking them about their lives. It was clear that one of the questions was, can you do a jumping jack, because one of the photos shows both volunteer and student jumping up and down!

After the introductions were accomplished, choosing with whom to work was a bit easier. The ensuing photos demonstrate how verbally interactive the Library’s literacy students wound up being. It is interesting to note, one Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteer said in the wrap up session that her literacy student had a much more advanced command of English than was personally understood. This observation was concurred by many.

Community TeamWorks is a global volunteer initiative from Goldman Sachs that enables its people to drive tangible progress in communities where they work and live. At least one day a year, people from its offices work in partnership with local nonprofit organizations around the world, contributing their expertise and ideas to help make a meaningful difference.

In 2014, 52 Goldman Sachs offices partnered with nearly 900 nonprofit organizations on over 1,580 projects worldwide. More than 25,000 Goldman Sachs people, family and friends joined together to contribute over 125,000 hours to the communities where we work and live.

For highlights of its 2014 Community TeamWorks program, read the Goldman Sachs 2014 Progress Report on its website, http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/community-teamworks/, which shows the community impact of 10 projects in Boston, Salt Lake City, Fukushima, Bangalore, London, São Paulo, New York and New Jersey.

Through cross-divisional, team-based Community TeamWorks projects, Goldman Sachs’ people bring to their community the same qualities they bring to their professional work: excellence, commitment, innovation, energy, new ideas, and an appreciation of both the big picture and the importance of the individual.