The Sands Cares Ambassador programme added 1,700 new volunteers to its ranks, after hosting several back-of-house recruitment roadshows Sept. 4-7 at Sands Macao, The Venetian Macao, Sands Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao.
The total number of Ambassadors in the programme now stands at more than 3,300.
The recruitment drive kicks off a series of upcoming activities celebrating the Sands Cares Ambassador Programme 10th Anniversary – Spreading Love and Embracing Our Community. Sands China is using the occasion to raise the profile of the volunteer programme, as a way to promote team member engagement in corporate social responsibility efforts.
“We were so pleased to see the positive response from team members to our recruitment drive,” said Winnie Wong, vice president of corporate communications and community affairs for Venetian Macau Limited. “The Sands Cares Ambassadors represent some of the best of what the company has to offer the community, and we always need more volunteers to help with the important community service initiatives that are undertaken each year. As we step into the programme’s 10th year, we are already looking forward to another 10 years of continued success.”
The Sands Cares Ambassador programme was established in August 2009 to give Sands China team members an outlet for serving the local community by organizing community activities and initiatives that work toward creating a better Macao. With membership comprising volunteers from across all Sands China properties – Sands Macau, The Venetian Macao, The Plaza Macao, Sands Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao – the Sands Cares Ambassadors have contributed 94,000 hours of voluntary community service since the programme’s founding.
Through years of engaging society’s most vulnerable, Sands China has initiated or supported a wide range of community outreach events. Through a variety of activity formats, memorable and moving experiences are created for the volunteers and the beneficiaries. Efforts include reaching out to communities through events like friendly competitions and creating arts and crafts with people with intellectual disabilities; acquiring enriching experiences like learning sign language and experiencing a silence workshop; delivering festive joy in visits to live-alone elderly during Chinese New Year; and enjoying happy outings that bring underprivileged families to various exhibitions at The Venetian Macao.
The company’s community work is part of Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp.