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Jun 27, 2017  Rocky Hill, Conn.

During a “Weekend of Caring” in June, more than 60 Henkel employees participated in community outreach activities.

Weekend of Caring in Connecticut

On June 9, 21 Henkel employees served as Junior Achievement mentors at West Hill Elementary School where they used interactive lessons and games to teach more than 300 third- through fifth-grade students about workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

“We brought a melting pot of people from various career paths to show students what their future could look like,” says Henkel’s Michael Mann, Pension Investment Manager. “Junior Achievement is a great way to engage with the community and each other -- and provide students a brighter future.”

On June 10-11, 26 employees volunteered at the Special Olympics CT Summer Games. Some served as hosts at a health-oriented booth, educating visitors on the importance of sun protection and distributing Henkel products; others escorted athletes to events and cheered them on. These fun-loving volunteers even found time to get their groove on, with impromptu performances of the Cha Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle. Henkel, a Bronze Sponsor of Special Olympics, donated products from its Consumer Goods business at the Games.

“This event allows us to witness something special – a level of diversity and sportsmanship rarely seen,” said Henkel’s Tyrone Williams, member of the Special Olympics Committee and Head of Regional Processes and Operations for North America Purchasing. “It’s empowering and moving to make a difference in this way.”

That same weekend, 15 Henkel employees laced up their walking shoes to help stop cancer in its tracks. “The Relay for Life is held overnight to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps,” said Henkel’s Sheila Gines, Lead Regulatory Affairs Specialist and volunteer coordinator for the event. “It means a lot to support a cause that impacts so many -- and it’s fun.”

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???gallery.open.slideshow??? As a mentor for Junior Achievement, Henkel’s Ornella Tempo leads an activity for fourth graders at West Hill Elementary School.

As a mentor for Junior Achievement, Henkel’s Ornella Tempo leads an activity for fourth graders at West Hill Elementary School.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? Henkel employees greeted participants at the Special Olympics CT Summer Games with smiles while handing out some of the company’s popular DIAL® and RIGHT GUARD® products.

Henkel employees greeted participants at the Special Olympics CT Summer Games with smiles while handing out some of the company’s popular DIAL® and RIGHT GUARD® products.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? In addition to participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, employees support the cause throughout the year with a variety of fund raisers.

In addition to participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, employees support the cause throughout the year with a variety of fund raisers.

Henkel volunteers raised more than $16,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society through a variety of creative on-site fundraisers.