Shirley Chisolm once said, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

Recently, employees across the Coca-Cola system came together to make a deposit on their rent and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coca-Cola Ambassadors demonstrated our character and commitment to our local communities by volunteering with some of our valued community organizations. In Atlanta, associates from Coca-Cola North America and Coca-Cola Bottling Company United packed and delivered meals with Open Hand Atlanta, served refreshing Coca-Cola beverages to more than 5,000 guests of Hosea Helps’ Festival of Services and helped revitalize South-View Cemetery—the original burial place of Dr. King. More than 30Liberty Coca-Cola associates and their families came together to paint the Moffet School – an underserved school in Philadelphia. The North Carolina Consolidated team participated in a host of projects, including across writing cards of encouragement for the Love in Action Project, making "bookworm buddies" and writing "bookworm letters" for Promising Pages, packing information kits for the American Red Cross.

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As senior manager of community relations, Yunice Emir is responsible for managing volunteerism and employee engagement for Coca-Cola North America. She works closely with community partners and various internal teams, including the newly developed Volunteer and Employee Engagement Steering Committee, to identify and empower associates in the U.S. and Canada with the tools and resources to give back to our local communities. The Volunteer and Employee Engagement Steering Committee includes representation from the company’s Business Resource Groups, CCNA Internal and External Communications, Social Commitment and others who have expressed interest in its purpose: to provide input and assist with the execution of the company’s volunteerism strategy.

MLK Volunteer

Last year, Emir led the launch of the Community KOnnect volunteer portal which was developed to help associates search and register for volunteer opportunities and track their service hours. The portal, available to corporate and Coca-Cola North America associates in the U.S. and Canada, is filled with various volunteer projects that align with the Company’s three focus areas: Water, Women and Well-being. Many have been curated specifically for our associates and others offer an opportunity to collaborate with associates from other corporations and community partners. To date, associates have logged almost 4,000 volunteer hours. The goal is to have every associate track their volunteer activity to help the company gather data that helps us accurately communicate our Character and commitment to the communities we serve.

“People often tell me I have the best job and I can’t do anything other than nod and agree with them,” Emir said. “It’s so comforting and rewarding to show up for work knowing that I get to help facilitate opportunities for our Coca-Cola family to give back to the communities that have given so much to us.”

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