In Geneva, where the company has its headquarters, Alcon associates volunteered to clean up at a local park on Thursday. 
GENEVA—Thousands of Alcon associates from 45 locations around the world participated in Alcon in Action (AiA) on Thursday, an annual company-wide day of community volunteering. This is the 10th consecutive year that Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, engaged in the day of volunteering to help address local community needs such as health, hunger, education and housing, according to the company’s announcement. Collectively dedicating thousands of volunteer hours, Alcon associates across 32 countries, including Switzerland and the U.S., made a personal difference to strengthen their communities, the company noted.

In partnership with non-profit organizations, schools, museums, shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, children’s hospitals, and other organizations, Alcon helped to meet essential needs through both in-person and virtual support activities.

“Alcon in Action is a special day where, each year, our associates from across the world come together to demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the communities where we live and work,” said David Endicott, chief executive officer of Alcon. “While that commitment is fulfilled through our year-round efforts, we are proud to once again unite together to show who we are as a corporate citizen—by making a positive and tangible impact on this global day of volunteering.”

On the Alcon campus in Fort Worth on Thursday, volunteers worked on a Habitat for Humanity building project for the Mendoza family. Shown here are (l to r) Fort Worth City Council members Michael D. Crain, District 3; Elizabeth M. Beck, District 9, and Chris Nettles, District 8; along with members of the Mendoza family, Lisset (daughter), Ivone (Mrs. Mendoza), and Luis Mendoza, with Dr. Rick Weisbarth, VP, Professional Affairs, U.S. Vision Care, Alcon (who is also a Trinity Habitat Boardmember) and Lydia Traina, senior director of development and PR, Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
In Switzerland, Alcon volunteers helped a food bank distribute food, sorted clothes for a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty, and participated in community clean-up activities, among others. Also, this year, Alcon is maintaining its over two-decades-long partnership with Habitat for Humanity by hosting a home build on its Fort Worth, Texas, campus.

Alcon volunteers are helping build the home that will provide affordable housing to a local family. Other Fort Worth activities include providing back-to-school kits, working at a local animal shelter, and sorting food and clothes donations.

Across the world, Alcon volunteers prepared and distributed meals and hygiene kits, restored homes and gardens, donated equipment and clothes, and provided education to children, among many other activities, the company said.

This year, Alcon also is celebrating its 75th anniversary and, while Alcon in Action is a one-day event, the company said it has a deep heritage of working year-round alongside non-profit organizations in communities worldwide to increase access to eyecare.

These efforts range from Alcon’s Children’s Vision Program and community vision screenings to medical missions where volunteer medical teams treat patients and train local eyecare professionals. Alcon associates contribute to their communities on an ongoing basis, according to the announcement Thursday.

“Helping people see brilliantly is the core of Alcon’s mission, and by volunteering and supporting longtime charitable partners, lives are changed in more ways than one,” Alcon added.