Perfetti Van Melle Employees Give Back During Community Day

By closing its U.S. operations for one day, Perfetti Van Melle’s 350 employees provided 2,800 volunteer hours to two area non-profits.

Erlanger, KY – Perfetti Van Melle USA closed its Erlanger and Hebron, KY, operations on September 18 to allow its employees to participate in the eighth Annual Perfetti Van Melle Community Day.

One day each year, the company reports it closes so employees can share in a paid day of community service working in teams to give back to the local communities where its manufacturing plant and home offices are located. Staff from the Erlanger corporate office, all three manufacturing shifts, the Hebron, KY, distribution center and members of the sales team from across the U.S. devote their workday to one of two area non-profit agencies pre-selected by the company.

One-half of Perfetti Van Melle employees teamed with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and spent the day at Cincinnati Public Schools Rothenberg Preparatory Academy landscaping and maintaining school grounds and providing general clean-up of the surrounding area. According to the company, staff cleaned and painted playground equipment, cleaned up community and school gardens, and repainted area signs and chain link fences.

The second team spent the day at The Giving Fields harvesting, recording and sorting produce, and weeding various areas of the farm, as well as other projects including staining a shed, repairing boxes, repairing fences, and cutting down small trees.

“All of us at Perfetti Van Melle appreciate the importance and the value of giving back, especially to the community in which we operate,” says President and CEO Mehmet Yuksek. “We are a grateful partner of this region. We want to offer our continued support to agencies such as Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and The Giving Fields, who provide much-needed assistance to those in need.”

A video of the company’s community day projects is available here.