Through The Eyes of a Volunteer

It has been said that people who volunteer and give of their time to help others receive as much benefit as the people they help. After volunteering on a variety of projects, I have to tell you that this is true. The feeling of helping others and the life skills I have learned along the way have been incredible.

The opportunities for volunteering are seemingly endless.  I encourage everyone to give back by donating your time to whatever cause draws you, whether it be through your church or a local organization. Here at Celanese, we are lucky to work at a place that is committed to improving the community and the world around us. Celanese offers a wide range of opportunities to volunteer such as Habitat for Humanity, CASA, food drives, and Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP).

For my most recent project, I was selected to be part of the 2014 CIIP team.  Ten employees are selected from our global facilities and sent worldwide to work on humanitarian projects.  This year, the team was sent to Poland to work on three separate projects. The project that I was assigned to was quite challenging for me and it took me far out of my comfort zone many times. This is the great part of working with a team where each person has different talents that contribute to the success of the overall team.  The things that I brought back from participating on this project are better project management skills, team building, problem solving, and working with individuals from different cultures and languages.

We had many fascinating experiences from eating insects to dipping our toes into the Baltic Sea. It was interesting to learn about the local culture and experience the fabulous cuisine. I would not have enjoyed these experiences had I not been willing to volunteer. I hope that I have encouraged you to participate and volunteer your time and efforts to whatever is on your heart.  Be ready to be changed inside.




























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My name is Howard Yates and my wife’s name is Teresa and we have been married for 33 years. We have two sons, they are Stephen and Clayton. I have been with Celanese for 34 years and through those years I worked about 17 years at Methanol unit and at present I am at the SH unit. When I get a chance my spare time is filled with golf, wood working, fishing, and volunteer functions.

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  1. Maria Valehrach says:

    I agree 100%, Howard. Not only is volunteering just as rewarding for the volunteer, we are so very fortunate to work for a company that places such a high value on it. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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