Impactful employees make a difference in community

About 300 MGM Resorts International employees pitched in to help make the community a better place during the week of October 19-26 for Impact Week and Make A Difference Day. Some fed the homeless. Some worked with animals. Some built houses. Collectively, they spent more than 1,300 hours making a difference in some way.

As a kickoff event to Impact Week, about 100 employees spent their Saturday morning helping to build a house. Nancy Roman, who for 12 years has worked in the Company’s Corporate Finance Department, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity during the Oct. 19 Framing Day event, helping to build the MGM Resorts-sponsored house in North Las Vegas.

“I’ve always wanted to do this – all the years I’ve been with the Company, I’ve thought about working on a Habitat for Humanity home. I’ve been really looking forward to this,” said Ms. Roman. “I thought we’d just be handing people nails, but I was very pleasantly surprised at how much work we were able to do. I was looking forward to getting my hands dirty and I did. This is awesome!”

There were 10 official Impact Week volunteer opportunities for employees to select from, including packing lunches at Ronald McDonald House Charities, serving dinner to the clients of Las Vegas Rescue Mission, sorting food at Three Square Food Bank, serving meals at The Shade Tree and Catholic Charities, and more. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides homes for families who travel to Las Vegas for medical treatment for their children.

“I’ve made quilts for the Ronald McDonald House before, but I’ve never been out here,” said Maryanne Lucas, MGM Grand Inventory Control Clerk and a 21-year employee. “It’s great to be able to have opportunities on my day off since I work on Saturdays.”

Employees also spent this Saturday, Oct. 26 continuing the building of the MGM Resorts-sponsored home. Other opportunities on Make A Difference Day were at Catholic Charities and The Shade Tree, where employee volunteers helped to sort and serve food to shelter clients. Nearly every volunteer opportunity was full with employees, friends and family members ready to lend a helping hand, said Community Affairs Coordinator Shauna Ferguson.

“When our volunteers come out, I always feel personally inspired. Some of them work graveyard shifts and still come out to help,” she said. “They are so happy to help and prioritize it over other things in their lives. It really shows the spirit of who we are as a Company, that together we can achieve anything. They truly try to make a big difference and a collective impact in the community.”