In April 2015, the Barney & Barney Foundation challenged associates to use their time and talent to make a difference in our local communities by volunteering 5,000 hours cumulatively in thirteen months. Our associates not only took on the challenge, they knocked it out of the park, donating 6,483 hours to their passion projects and favorite organizations. Here are the results by the numbers:
- Total participants: 187
- Most hours volunteered by one person: 390
- Number of volunteers who served over 20 hours: 62
Encouraged to spend time with nonprofits close to their heart, our associates took on roles at over one hundred different organizations. Associates did everything from cleaning up local parks and beaches to teaching children about sustainable gardening and growing food locally. Barney & Barney associates could be found planting trees, serving meals, and tutoring high school students in preparation for college.
To encourage volunteers to go above and beyond, the Barney & Barney Foundation awarded grants to associates who volunteered 20 or more hours. The impact on their chosen non-profits was two-fold, the gift of time and treasure. Sixty-three associates qualified for a grant and because of their commitment to the community, the Barney & Barney Foundation donated $20,800 to local nonprofits, an increase of $6,000 over the previous year.
On top of the community impact, the Community Challenge has been great for fueling morale within the company. It’s common to hear employees say they get more out of their volunteerism than what they give.
So how did we do it? We implemented these six steps to build our community involvement program from the ground up.
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.