by Lacey Holmes
Coordinator – Public Affairs & Communications
On December 16, 2015, American Express employees in our Salt Lake City Service Center partnered with United Way of Salt Lake to bring the holidays home for children at Granger Elementary School.
Through a grant from the American Express Foundation made to the United Way of Salt Lake, the organization was able to purchase toys and needed items for the children of the Granger Elementary Community School after-school program.
While playing Santa is an exciting job, our favorite roles were extended beyond that. Employees volunteered their time to help at the event at Granger Elementary. We began by leading the kids in arts and crafts projects celebrating various holidays. We were then pleased to enjoy a short musical presentation by the students. After which we witnessed pure joy as the children discovered their gifts.
At American Express, service is part of our DNA, and we strongly believe that serving our community is part of our responsibility. We specifically strive to support community organizations in areas where our employees live and work. As our SLC office is a mere 2 miles away from Granger Elementary School, this project is a perfect fit. Not only are we able to give back monetarily, but our employees are individually able to connect with the community in a way that money cannot buy.
Thank you to United Way for the long-standing partnership, and allowing us to participate in this event once again. We are glad to be part of such a great community effort. We know we can help Change the Odds!