Sunnyslope Youth Center Gets a Helping Hand
By Press Release
Scottsdale-Based Henkel Employees Will Clean, Paint and Beautify Phoenix Youth CenterPhoenix's Sunnyslope Youth Center will get a makeover on Sept. 28, when volunteers from Henkel North America in Scottsdale, which markets brands like Renuzit(R) air fresheners, Dial(R) soap, and Purex(R) laundry detergents, visit to lend a helping hand to the center. The Youth Center specializes in offering Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Ballet Folklorico and mural arts classes to youth ages 12 to 18.More than 20 employees from Henkel will team up with volunteers from Sunnyslope, as well as Keep Phoenix Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, to help clean and refurbish the center."Extending our helping hands is just an example of our company mindset - to make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful," said Henkel spokeswoman Natalie Violi. "We've worked hard during the past several weeks to form a team of employees that best represents our company's passion for public service."The Sunnyslope Youth Center was selected as a beneficiary of this visit because it fits with the company's focus on sustainability and its tradition of supporting organizations that benefit children and adolescents. The volunteers will focus on deep cleaning and painting inside and outside the facility. In addition to volunteering time and a little elbow grease, Henkel and its employees will be donating product and recreational items such as a video game system, ping pong table and bean bags for the center's youth to enjoy.The Sunnyslope outreach is an extension of the beautification work Henkel volunteers from Scottsdale will be doing earlier in the week in Gainesville, Texas, a community selected in a recent national contest. Both visits are part of Henkel's celebration of Friendship Day, which marks the company's founding on Sept. 26, 1876, in Germany.Social Responsibility
The Henkel Smile program reflects Henkel's commitment to social responsibility. This program provides financial contributions to organizations in which Henkel employees and retirees volunteer their time. In some cases, Henkel also offers paid time off to employees to support their volunteer efforts. Since 2001, Henkel has set aside one million euros annually for programs that support children and young people. Henkel Smile has supported more than 2,000 volunteer programs to date and has helped more than 45,000 children worldwide in 105 countries.About Henkel
For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel operates in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives Technologies - and ranks among the Fortune Global 500 companies. In fiscal 2006, Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit of 1,298 million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.