CLINTON, N.J. (January 3, 2017) – Unity Bank has launched an Employee Volunteer Program to help build on its community outreach efforts and give employees an opportunity to put their skills to work with the bank’s many non-profit partners. America’s Grow-A-Row and NORWESCAP received more than 220 volunteer hours through early December from 40 bank employees.
"We launched the employee volunteer initiative to strengthen our community outreach efforts because community involvement is a key part of our mission," said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. "This effort has also provided an unanticipated benefit for employees – allowing our staff to work together and to get to know each other outside the bank. There is no corporate hierarchy when it comes to hands-on volunteer activities like picking corn and fresh produce for food banks. The volunteer program enables employees from different departments, branches and levels of seniority to share experiences and interact on a deeper level, resulting in stronger relationships."
America’s Grow-a-Row is a Hunterdon County non-profit organization that grows and gleans fresh fruits and vegetables that are donated to those facing hunger throughout New Jersey. Every month during growing and picking season, Unity Bank sends out a team of employees to Grow-a-Row’s Pittstown and Milford farms to plant, pick and glean produce for foodbanks across New Jersey. Unity also sponsored Grow-a-Row’s 4th Annual Farm to Fork fundraiser and received the organization’s 2016 Growing with You Rookie of the Year Award.
For NORWESCAP, a non-profit organization providing a wide range of services for those in need, Unity Bank volunteers provide monthly administrative and organizational support for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED), a screening and education program designed for those underinsured or uninsured. Unity also sponsors NORWESCAP’s Annual Transitions 5K Walk/Run and the organization’s Celebration Brunch fundraiser.
"Many employees let us know that they wanted to volunteer, but found it hard to find the time after work or on weekends so we have given them the opportunity to step away from their desks once a month and contribute during work hours," said Hughes. "The feedback from employees on the volunteer initiative has been very positive. It’s been a fun and rewarding program."