When we allow ourselves to serve others, it is very rewarding in so many ways. I have been employed by Celanese for 37 years,a company that encourages its employees to give back to its surrounding communities both near and far. Last year I had the privilege of joining other Celanese colleagues from other U.S. sites, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, and China in New Delhi, India, in an effort to reach out and serve the community.

There, I met other Celanese colleagues who have the compelling character trait of servanthood who demonstrated and lived out the Golden Rule as we served side by side in a new culture. In New Delhi, we all came together in the afternoons and evenings to develop our lesson plans for the following day. Many of us had never met before this trip, yet we came together and functioned as a close-knit family.

I am grateful to Celanese for promoting an atmosphere which supports community involvement. We all had different roles, and mine was teaching conversational English to a group of young ladies. Being employed by Celanese has allowed me to be involved with many disaster relief efforts and emergency shelter operations through the use of my personal time, our day of volunteer service, and especially with the support of my lovely wife, Gloria. Working for Celanese has been a very rewarding experience. I do not know what lies ahead for us as individuals and employees, but I feel the best is yet to come as we work together to help others. I will never forget this experience and I will cherish the new friendships I have made.

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of 11 blogs by Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) team members who served for two weeks in New Delhi, India.