PepsiCo Employees Give Back Throughout Westchester

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Pictured volunteering last year at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown are employees from PepsiCo's Somers office: (left to right) Kristen Buonassisi, Melissa Craig, Jeanine Breger, and Carly Kinkler.
Pictured volunteering last year at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown are employees from PepsiCo's Somers office: (left to right) Kristen Buonassisi, Melissa Craig, Jeanine Breger, and Carly Kinkler. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- More than 400 Westchester-based employees from PepsiCo will volunteer Friday  during "PepsiCo Gives Back Day," the company’s annual day of community service.

The workers will build fences, collect trash and cut back invasive vines, among other tasks, as part of its community service.  Leveraging the expertise of The Volunteer Center of United Way, a regional volunteer center located in Tarrytown, employees will be volunteering in local communities across Westchester, Putnam and Fairfield Counties in 24 projects arranged by The Volunteer Center and The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut.

“We are thrilled to spend the day throughout the New York and Connecticut area providing support and help as part of PepsiCo Gives Back Day,” said Charlene Denizard, director of community engagement and volunteering for PepsiCo Global Citizenship. “We are committed to the local communities where we live, work and operate; we believe community engagement and strengthening our neighborhoods is part of being a world-class company.”

Working together, PepsiCo and The Volunteer Center of United Way identified an array of local nonprofits for partnership. Projects include building, tutoring, trail maintenance, painting, cleaning, reading with children, helping farms with harvesting, and working with seniors, among others. The annual program showcases the employees’ commitment to the communities in which they live and work by participating in service projects benefiting their hometowns.

"The expertise of The Volunteer Center of United Way made planning and executing PepsiCo Gives Back Day easy and meaningful," added Denizard. “The Volunteer Center understands the needs of local nonprofits and helped us to identify local volunteer opportunities that incorporated the skills of our employees and matched employees with causes for which they have a passion.”

As a one-stop-shop for developing corporate employee volunteer programs, The Volunteer Center of United Way develops solutions for firms to maximize impact in local communities, said Alisa Kesten, executive director. The organization plans customized corporate days of service and offers participation in their signature programs, such 9/11 Days of Service and the Martin Luther King Day of Service, so that companies have an array of choices to meet their corporate responsibility goals.

“We maintain relationships with over 500 nonprofit organizations and maintain details on their volunteer needs — so businesses don’t have to,”  Kesten said. “Our resources can help business meet their corporate responsibility goals and boost community engagement—it’s a win-win partnership.”

PepsiCo employees will be volunteering at the following locations on Oct. 25:

  • Ability Beyond Disability, Yorktown and Danbury,
  • American Red Cross, Purchase
  • Audubon Center, Greenwich
  • Camp Combe, Putnam Valley
  • Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
  • Family Services of Westchester, The Sharing Shelf, Port Chester
  • The Food Bank for Westchester, Elmsford
  • Girl Scout Camp Candlewood, New Fairfield
  • Green Chimneys, Brewster
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Patterson
  • Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown
  • Lounsbury House, Ridgefield, CT
  • Kids in Crisis, Cos Cob
  • Only Make Believe, Somers, White Plains
  • Open Door Family Medical Centers, Ossining, Port Chester
  • Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, Brewster
  • Ridgefield Sunrise, Ridgefield
  • Somers Manor, Somers
  • Sullivan Farm, Mew Milford
  • Tarrywile Park, Danbury
  • Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining

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They do this all the time and I think it is just great. The Food bank for Westchester also benefits from their volunteer service and I must say they do an awesome job.

No doubt, the individuals do wonderful jobs.... and the corporate parent takes PR credit while bleeding our school districts.

Very nice, companies like Pepsi trot their employee out in the community for stuff like this. Half the people pictured will probably get laided off before they are 50 to "control costs". Meanwhile, their overpaid corporate executives pursue property tax rebates against the towns and school districts that they operate in and hold hostage with the threat of moving to another community.

Shameless corporate self promotion.