Divi Impact set to make a difference on the island

Managing Director Alex Nieuwmeyer reports that during planning sessions designed to improve the quality of external and internal community service at Divi’s five resort properties on Aruba, the decision to set up a not-for-profit foundation was born.

The foundation funds will be generated via voluntary employee salary deductions, which will be matched by Divi Resort Corporation, thus creating a considerable amount of money set aside to serve the needs of the Divi community and the island’s community.

Divi IMPACT, Improving Motivating and Providing the Aruban Community Together, will encourage leadership, owners, guests, business partners and employees to donate time, money and resources to help the community,  resulting in a higher standard of living for all.

At a recent informal gathering at Divi Links learning Center, Founders, Board members and Committee Members were introduced.

IMPACT Founders, Carol Jansen, Asst. General Manager of Divi & Dutch Village and Maria Esguerra, Director of Human Resources Divi Resorts on Aruba, presented the board members with Carol Jansen, as President, Ana Arends, Guest Relations Manager, as Vice President, Sharenda Clarinda, Human Resources Coordinator as Secretary and Maria Esguerra, as interim Treasurer.

Making decisions about the designation of IMPACT funds, committee members Francis Ridderstap, representing Divi Aruba Beach Resort, Lillian Maduro representing Phoenix Aruba Beach Resort, Erik van den Hengel, representing Divi Golf Aruba N.V.,

Camala Peterson, representing Tamarijn Aruba Beach Resort, Drucilla Fijnje representing the Sales Department and Tabitha Fecunda in charge of Public Relations.

Jansen reports that of Divi’s on-island 1,000 employees 246 already signed up as IMPACT members contributing monthly to the foundation.

Among foundation plans and project starting a Scholarship Fund for employees and their children; Improving the relationship between schools on the island and the hospitality industry; Offering incentive to schools to help improve academic results; Assistance to the elderly and the handicapped; Creating a Divi in-house help center for employees; Spearheading programs surrounding social topics in the island’s many districts, and more.

In an exciting in-house logo design competition Yanel Olivero of the Accounting Department, handed in a winning design and was rewarded with a Weekend Stay for four, at either Divi Village or Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, including dinner.

Company wide, a total of 13 employees participated in the competition presenting 18 creative designs, expressing the idea that much can be accomplished in partnership with all stakeholders.

Being able to provide for our employees and community is an honor and a privilege and the Divi IMPACT is here to do just that…make an IMPACT, said Jansen in her presentations.

The presentation also included the Impact Vision which is the following:

DIVI IMPACT will promote children’s safety, strengthen families and make sports, educational and arts activities accessible to the community, with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of life in Aruba.

And the Impact Mission Statement which is: DIVI IMPACT will improve living conditions of elderly, disabled and low income residents working in partnership with non-profit community agencies serving people in crisis, and by organizing activities to promote education. Divi Impact will invest time, money and resources and help build a rapport between the community and the hospitality industry.

On September 2, 2010 Divi IMPACT became a reality when the legal documents were signed in the office of the Notary Tjong Ajong office, as pictured here.

Also in the pictures, the IMPACT logo unveiled, the founders, the board and the committee members and the logo competition designers.