October 02, 2015

Tata companies join hands with First Book to celebrate Tata Volunteering Week in North America

Partnership provides volunteer opportunities for Tata Employees in Michigan and New Jersey Arlington

Virginia: As part of the fourth edition of “Tata Volunteering Week” in North America, the Tata group today announced the launch of two employee volunteering events organized in partnership with nonprofit social enterprise, First Book. This initiative is part of the group’s “Tata Engage” program, designed to encourage Tata’s global workforce of over 600,000 employees to donate their time and expertise to help community members in need.

October 2–3: In partnership with First Book, Tata Technologies will donate 20,000 new books to children in the Detroit metro area. Employees from Tata Technologies’ Novi, Michigan office will gather at a facility in Detroit’s downtown area to help unpack, sort and distribute the books to over 200 local teachers and educators.

October 9: Tata Chemicals and First Book will present the Academy Street Elementary School in Dover, New Jersey with a grant for nearly 600 news books, and a donation of 250 pencil cases filled with supplies. The company will host a reading celebration at the school in conjunction with this donation, where employees from Tata Chemicals’ Rockaway office will participate in reading circles with the school’s 180 first and second graders. Each student will receive a new book to take home.

“Tata Volunteering Week is one of the many ways that the Tata companies here in North America honor the group’s longtime commitment to giving back to the community,” said James Shapiro, resident director, North America, Tata Sons. “We are proud to build on our partnership with First Book to show support for this global initiative, and to provide Tata employees with volunteer opportunities that have an impact on the local community and are fun for all who participate.”

"Books lay the foundation for bright futures, and Tata has stepped up to make sure they reach kids who need them most," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "We’re grateful to Tata Chemicals and Tata Technologies for their generous contributions to help students in their community read, learn and succeed.” Tata established its partnership with First Book in the United States in December 2007 and has since provided close to 350,000 new books, valued at approximately $2 million to children across the US and Canada.