Local residents may have noticed about 2,000 Nu Skin employees and family members out and about doing service Tuesday as part of the company’s global Force for Good Day.

Each year for 35 years, Nu Skin has provided service to the communities they work, live and play in.

Nu Skin employs about 1,500 people between its headquarters in downtown Provo and its distribution center in the East Bay Business Park.

As for being a force for good, in Utah County at least 30 projects from painting, cleaning and beautifying the community were performed at libraries, schools, parks, recycling centers and nonprofit organizations throughout the county.

“It’s like a double great day at Nu Skin because we’re turning 35,” said Ruth Todd, senior vice president of global public affairs.

At Amelia Earhart Elementary school, Nu Skin employees cleaned tables and chairs and painted. At the Orem and Springville city libraries, they cleaned books, read to children and did a variety of small request service projects.

Nu Skin’s Force for Good service and humanitarian projects were not only held in Utah County, but throughout the world where Nu Skin has a presence. It is a year-round goal of the company’s culture to give service.

A sample of this year’s global Force for Good Day projects include:

  • Volunteers in greater China spent the day with elementary students, teaching them safety skills.
  • Nu Skin Singapore employees distributed 500 goodie bags to children in hospitals.
  • Employees in Indonesia assembled and delivered 1,000 school kits for children in orphanages.
  • Nu Skin employees in South Africa hosted a charity event for an orphanage to teach more than 150 children entrepreneurial skills.

“Nu Skin’s Force for Good culture is instilled year-round,” said Ritch Wood, CEO. “Our annual Force for Good Day especially inspires our global sales leaders, customers and employees to dedicate their resources and time to help children in need, while celebrating the impact we have made on hundreds of thousands of children around the world. Whether at home or abroad, Nu Skin always strives to be a force for good.”

To keep that theme of being a force for good, Todd said employees get other days to give service as well.

“Employees have a corporate (paid) personal day of service,” Todd said. “There are several United Way projects available.”

Employees may also serve their own charity of choice.

The company’s Force for Good Day projects support the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation’s mission to improve children’s health, education and economic circumstances.

The foundation has provided grants to afford an expansive future for families in Africa, heart surgeries in Asia, eye care in Latin American and opportunities for education in North Asia and more.

Data shows that the Force for Good Foundation has paid for more than 8,500 heart surgeries in China since 2008 and more than 10,600 heart surgeries in southeast Asia.

In Colombia, Argentina and the United States, Nu Skin’s foundation has partnered with Charity Vision to screen more than 30,870 for visual impairments.

“The foundation started as an initiative in 1996,” Todd said. “They knew from the very beginning the future vision. We love carrying on that vision.”

The foundation is funded by Nu Skin distributor and employee donations and from 25 cents of the sale of each Nu Skin Epoch product. Nu Skin covers all administrative and overhead costs, allowing for 100% of donations to be used for humanitarian and charitable causes.

Nu Skin also has a for-profit foundation called Nourish the Children. Since 2002 Nu Skin’s sales leaders, customers, and employees have donated more than 600 million meals to malnourished children around the world with its VitaMeal product, a highly nutritious and vitamin enriched food developed by Nu Skin’s nutritional scientists.

Todd said VitaMeal is similar to porridge and is made to taste according to one’s palate depending on what part of the world they live in. For instance, in Africa it’s corn-based and in China it’s rice-based.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

A 32-year veteran of covering news in Utah County, Genelle covers Provo, Orem, Faith/Religion, including the LDS Church and general assignments.

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