Indian Summer brought helping hands


In the beautiful autumn sunshine more than 100 volunteers worked on 14th October within the framework of „A Day to Make It Happen” Corporate Volunteer Day by joining the AmCham Foundation’s (ACF) invitation.

Volunteers from Tata Consultancy and NCR Hungary were among the first ones to apply for the movement this year as well. Thanks to EXXON, KPMG, Lexmark, Urmet and other individual volunteers, over a hundred people were brisk together with the institutional employees and their relatives in the buildings and garden of Zsótér Pál Foundation (more photos), Kézzelfogható Foundation and the Hóangyal Foundation (more photos) in Érd.

A few of the involved companies offered more than volunteers and financial help to ensure that the day ran smoothly, supplies of cleaning products, paint, tools and baked goods arrived in the morning with them.

Volunteer work is a long tradition at the AmCham Foundation. For years, every spring and fall, the ACF offers multiple opportunities for volunteer work to the Chamber’s membership. Last year, more than 250 volunteers helped the institutions caring for less fortunate children with over 2000 hours of work.

„It fills us with great joy that our volunteer movements are becoming ever more successful because true volunteering is not done for yourself, it’s done for someone else; when there is only one goal ahead of you and that is to do something good for others.” – said Edit Bencsik, ACF’s curator.

The only way this is possible is if you are at peace with yourself, have enough energy, enough joy and a secure background that you  can share these with others. By helping and paying attention to others, the focus on your own concerns transfers to someone else and their problems – this is how you can find solutions to your own problems as well. It is a win-win situation for all individuals involved.

What can we take home from this marvelous day?

That everything and anything is possible if you want it enough. That you always have to seek an environment and a company where you can be yourself. If you are able to open up your true self to others, you can have a real impact on other people and there is no greater gift than that.

What can we take away from this day?

The supported foundations could experience that even if they are not able to cope with everything by themselves, there is always someone out there with helping hand because people are essentially good. They just need an opportunity to show this.

We would like to thank our volunteers for their contribution!


(By Erika Bosnyák
Photos taken by Tamás Bosnyák, Katalin Szily; translation by Sebestyén Sándor)