On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, KeyCorp employees participated in Neighbors Make the Difference Day, the company’s 24th annual day of volunteer community service. This year, nearly 7,000 employees volunteered at 764 nonprofits and donated nearly 30,000 hours, worth more than $800,000 in salary equivalency. They spent the afternoon on wide array of community service projects in 12 states, including teaching financial education, cleaning, packaging meals, and “green” initiatives in support of sustainability. Each year, the day is visible demonstration of Key’s promise to help clients and communities thrive.
Volunteers Tran Lam, left, and Sheila Esmeralda, both who work in KeyBank’s treasury services in Seattle, measure packages of pasta during KeyBank’s 24th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day at NW Harvest in Kent, Washington. About 70 employees sorted and packaged 4,800 pounds of pasta — equating 3,692 meals — to be distributed at food banks in the state. (Photo by Dan DeLong)
Neighbors Day began in Alaska in 1991, when a group of employees volunteered on a variety of service projects in their communities. The idea swept across the bank, and, in 1993, the company made Neighbors Day an official day of volunteerism. It has since become the hallmark of Key’s commitment to its communities. Throughout the 24-year history of Neighbors Day, employees have given more than half a million volunteer hours to their communities, making the day one of the leading organized corporate volunteerism efforts in America.
KeyCorp believes personal, business and community prosperity go hand in hand and encourages employee volunteerism at every turn. Through volunteerism and philanthropy, Key goes beyond traditional banking activities to improve the neighborhoods in which it does business. Participating in Neighbors Day is a personal decision for each employee, and tremendous turnout every year shows service is fundamental Key.
KeyBank volunteers (from left) Becky Davis, portfolio associate with Key Private Bank, Tim Rhee, financial planne for Key Private Bank, and Darren Schuldheiss, director of client relations for Key Private Bank in Tacoma, plant lettuce starts at Mother Earth Farm in Puyallup, Wash. during KeyBank’s 24th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Photo by Dan DeLong)