Prudential employees trade neck ties for work gloves

Company celebrates 18th annual Global Volunteer Day

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HOUSTON - Prudential employees and their families pitched in to help clean up a local charter school Saturday as part of the company's Global Volunteer Day.

A team of volunteers met at the Briarmeadow Charter School in southwest Houston. Their plan was to help clean up the outside, but the bad weather forced them to move inside and come up with a different strategy.

"We had a project to do outside. We were going to power wash the side and trim some shrubs," said Linda Richard with Prudential.

Students, parents and other volunteers from Prudential focused on what needed to be done inside by cleaning out storage closets and getting rid of things they don't need.

"We're cleaning out areas we really never get to, so it's a great time to clean the closets out and clean out those little corners and make sure our school is really great looking," said Briarmeadow Charter School Principal Peter Heinze.

Officials with Prudential said Global Volunteer Day was introduced in October of 1995 to celebrate and encourage employee volunteerism. That first year, officials said more than 5,000 employees and their families and friends worked on 100 volunteer projects in the United States and Japan. Prudential officials said last year, more than 28,000 people participated in 750 projects worldwide.

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