AMEX employees at Brighton train station

AMEX volunteer stories

American Express, Brighton’s biggest employer, runs a wide range of volunteering and philanthropic initiatives across the region. Throughout the year American Express colleagues give their time on a voluntary basis to get involved in these projects.   

Project Analyst Jo has taken on several volunteering roles whilst working at American Express.

“Volunteering allows me to step out of the working week to give something back, and I really value this. Knowing that my help makes a difference to others also has a positive impact on how I feel. My experiences to date have been extremely rewarding and I can see the vital role volunteering plays in people’s lives.

My most recent opportunity was with ‘Work Ready’. I mentored adults looking for help finding work or changing careers. One of the attendees was extremely anxious about the first session at the Amex Stadium, but I was able to encourage him to take part and stay for the whole session. He then had enough confidence to visit our Amex offices for the following sessions, and ultimately to apply for a job at the stadium.

Seeing the change in him showed what a difference a small amount of support and encouragement can make.”

Charles, part of American Express’ Customer & Partner Verification team recalls a memorable volunteering moment.

“I was volunteering at a session providing business skills – particularly interview techniques – to school leavers and was able to connect with one of the participants. It was obvious that while she had amazing potential, she also had low self-esteem. As we worked through the session, I felt she was growing in confidence.

At the end of the day she thanked me for my help, said she felt positive about her exams and (with a cheeky smile) that she would probably end up being my boss!”

American Express colleague Sammi has been volunteering for four years through the Company’s Serve2Gether Programme.

“My motivation to get involved in volunteering was my Uncle Alan who has Downs Syndrome. He lived a very sheltered life and I wanted to help people like him do things that wouldn’t normally be possible.

Through Serve2Gether I have been able to introduce Alan to the amazing services that are available not just locally but nationally, and he has really come out of his shell. It’s so rewarding to be able to put love and energy back into the lives of people like Alan and to see the joy you can bring to the individuals and their families.”

Read Lucy’s AMEX volunteering story.

“My motivation to get involved in volunteering was my Uncle Alan who has Downs Syndrome. He lived a very sheltered life and I wanted to help people like him do things that wouldn’t normally be possible. ”

“My motivation to get involved in volunteering was my Uncle Alan who has Downs Syndrome. He lived a very sheltered life and I wanted to help people like him do things that wouldn’t normally be possible. ”

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