Volunteers give back for “Global Care Day”
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Thousands of volunteers all over the world rolled up their sleeves and got to work helping their communities Saturday and some of them were right here in Jackson. The 30 Jackson volunteers were digging, planting and building to make a difference. It’s all part of the 16th annual Lyondell Basell Global Care Day, where thousands of volunteers in more than a dozen countries mobilize to give back. “It’s something we all feel passionately about,” Lyondell Basell spokesperson Sue Schulze said. “Every site picks their own project and every year we go somewhere else in our communities and try and lend a hand.” This year they partnered with the non-profit Madison-Haywood Developmental Services which helps those with intellectual disabilities. “Our motto is advancing the quality of life and what these folks are doing is advancing the quality of life around us,” Madison-Haywood Executive Director Bill Brewer. More than 16 trees were planted in the garden, all donated in a hope to create a more relaxing space for the people of Madison-Haywood. “We liked the idea of coming out here and being able to plant some trees and make something that’s going to last and be here for a long time,” Schulze said. As the last bricks fall into place this gathering place for those who need it most can now be enjoyed for many years to come. “With the individuals that we serve, sometimes when you’re cramped up in a building and want to get away from things there’s nothing better than the outdoors,” Brewer said. More than 30 Lyondell Basell employees gave their time to this project Saturday. Since it’s inception, Global Care Day has mobilized 26,000 volunteers worldwide.