In June 2014, the Barney & Barney Foundation challenged associates to use their time and talent to make a difference in our local communities. Our associates not only took on the challenge, they knocked it out of the park, donating over 4000 hours to their favorite nonprofits. Here it is by the numbers:
- Total participants: 210
- Most hours volunteered by one person: 331
- Number of volunteers who served over 20 hours: 52
Volunteers were encouraged to spend their time on a passion project or something close to their heart. Overall, our associates spent most of their time with Children & Youth organizations, accounting for 30% of all volunteer hours. Associates did everything from making baby blankets for Gently Hugged to mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. They provided rides to seniors through Jewish Family Services On the Go program and sorted food at the San Diego Food Bank. One even began donating her photography, graphic design and fundraising skills for the Keep a Breast Foundation’s 2016 Pinup Calendar.
To encourage volunteers to go above and beyond, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded grants to associates who volunteered 20 or more hours. Their gift of time multiplied into critically-needed funds for the organizations they love.
The results were outstanding! Fifty-two associates qualified for a grant and because of their commitment to the community, the Barney & Barney Foundation donated $14,900 to local nonprofits.
With such an enthusiastic response, the Barney & Barney Foundation is continuing the Community Challenge program and we can’t wait to see the results for 2015.
Check out photos from this year’s challenge or visit our community involvement page to learn more about our associate volunteers and the community organizations they care about. Perhaps you will be inspired too.