For the third consecutive year, Union Bank and its employees celebrated their Employee Volunteer Day (EV Day) with a series of targeted charitable donations and projects, aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians.
In line with the Bank’s efforts to generate lasting impact and accelerate community development, EV Day is an employee-funded initiative that enables Union Bank and its employees to give back to the community through various projects and activities that promote positive social change.
The final component of the initiative titled “It Starts with U” involved a bottom-up approach where employees were encouraged to identify needs within their host communities that required prompt attention, after which they pooled resources to solve some of the problems identified in these areas.
Through this initiative, 20 impactful projects have been executed and commissioned in different communities in three regions of the country. Projects that directly impacted over 253,000 people focused on creating strategic development with a clear focus on health and wellbeing, environmental sanitation, and education and wellbeing in Nigeria.
Three projects were executed and commissioned in the South West Region where Bolade Jegede, South West Regional Manager, led the Union Bank volunteer team at the Maternity Hospital on the island of Lagos where they donated medical equipment to the neonatal unit to support the existing facilities and help reduce the neonatal mortality rate which is currently around 25% of the death toll for ages 5 and under.
In the Southeast region, a total of eight projects were implemented in different states. Rosemary David-Etim, Area Regional Manager, led a team of over 100 volunteer staff to commission the refurbished toilets at Douglas Road Comprehensive Secondary School in Owerri, Imo State, to support governments’ efforts aimed at preventing students from contacting or spreading infectious germs and diseases which is now a national concern as only 10% of Nigerian schools have basic hygiene services including toilets.
Nine projects have also been commissioned in different locations in the Northern region. Regional Executive Fatai Baruwa, represented by Helen Okene, and other volunteer UBN employees carried out environmental remediation work at the Dei-Dei building market in Abuja and donated bins to market traders to improve the collection and disposal of waste in the market.
Other projects executed include; Donation of N2M to COPE for breast and prostate cancer screening of at least 200 underprivileged men and women, donation of food to various orphanages, donation of communal boreholes, renovation of schools, donation of traffic box to the police traffic control unit.
Commenting on the initiative and the expected impact of the project, Union Bank Managing Director Emeka Okonkwo said
“Union Bank is known for leading the charge for social impact. The theme for this EV Day, titled “It Starts With You,” is a necessary reminder of the role each of us must play as individuals to sustain and generate lasting impact in the communities we serve. I am so inspired by Team Union and incredibly lucky to work with colleagues who prioritize our vision of community building and corporate citizenship”
Also commending the level of employee engagement, Director of Brand and Marketing, Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem said –
“Employee Volunteer Day is an initiative close to my heart. Since 2019, we have delivered projects in 30 locations across the country, touching over 300,000 lives. I am grateful to all employees who made donations for the successful execution of these projects.
Introduced in 2019, EV Day reinforces Union Bank’s commitment to building a workforce that cares about giving back to the communities where they live and work. The first edition was a sanitation exercise conducted in 15 locations across the country with the participation of more than 1,200 Union Bank employees as well as their family and friends. In 2020, the Bank and its employees raised N10 million to provide water to over 15,000 Nigerians through the creation of communal boreholes in six communities across the country.
At Union Bank, community development remains one of our primary goals and we will continue to provide support to the communities where they operate.