KeyBank Branches 23rd Annual "Neighbors Make the Difference Day"
More than 125 employees statewide volunteered on projects at 10 community locations focusing on veterans and troops in honor of Memorial Day thousands of KeyCorp employees nationwide participated in the annual day of community service, the hallmark of company's civic-minded workforce.
More than half of the employees of KeyCorp nationwide participated in the company's 23rd annual day of volunteer community service. Key staff spent the afternoon volunteering for a wide array of community service projects in neighborhoods across the nation. Two-thirds of branches were closed for the 23rd annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day.
KeyBank employees helped clean up veterans headstones at Elgin Cemetery for Neighbors Make the Difference Day. In Utah, more than 125 KeyBank employees turned from finance to volunteer services at 10 community locations focusing on veterans and troops in honor of Memorial Day. Projects included: planting flowers and helping with spring cleaning at the Fisher House and GEM Court Gardens on the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System's campus; gardening and visiting and playing cards with veterans at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home; cleaning veterans headstones to prepare for Memorial Day ceremonies at cemeteries in Green River, Kamas, Price and Tremonton; planting flowers and cleaning up Veterans Memorial Square in Tooele; and, cleaning the memorial statue and wall of veterans names at the Orem City Cemetery.
Employees also prepared special care packages at Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City to send to deployed troops stationed in Afghanistan. The Army Chaplain that will distribute them indicated in a letter to KeyBank's Utah District President, Jill Taylor, that the care packages help give troops a sense of purpose and remind them that what they do matters to those at home.
KeyBank employees helped clean up veterans' headstones at Elgin Cemetery for Neighbors Make the Difference Day. Care package contents included letters or pictures from area school children, playing cards, snack items such as jelly beans, raisins, gum, granola bars, powdered drink mixes and sunflower seeds, and a variety of personal hygiene products like baby wipes, eye drops, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and lip balm.
Neighbors Day began in Alaska in 1991, when a group of employees volunteered for an array of service projects in their communities. The idea swept across the bank, where this year employees donated approximately 30,000 hours, worth approximately $900,000.
During the 23-year history of Neighbors Day, employees have given more than half a million volunteer hours to their communities.
One of the leading organized corporate volunteerism efforts in America, Neighbors Make the Difference Day is the signature piece in Key's year-round philanthropic investment in its communities. Each project is an extension of the company's commitment to strengthening the quality of life in the communities where its employees live and work.
"As a bank, we help to improve the financial infrastructure of the cities and towns in which we do business," notes Beth Mooney, KeyCorp's chairman and chief executive officer. "Neighbors Day comes from the heart: it reflects our employees' commitment and desire to make a very personal contribution."