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Employee Volunteerism

 

Our employees contribute to improving their communities globally all year round, working hard through a variety of ways across education, the environment, and financial health programs.

Developing the workforce and smart financial habits in New York City

For more than 10 years, Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK) in New York City has guided women who face profound barriers to employment into successful jobs in the food industry through its four-week culinary fundamentals training program and by matching them with local employers. In 2019, MetLife Foundation helped the nonprofit introduce a personalized financial health program into its curriculum and hire a financial coach to help participants tie paycheck-related spending and savings opportunities to individualized life goals. Members of MetLife’s Multicultural Professionals Network supported the nonprofit by conducting mock interviews with the women, while our Human Resources and Communications professionals volunteered their time and expertise, in partnership with Taproot Foundation, to help HBK develop standards around culture, communications, meetings, and protocols.

Partnering with the Taproot Foundation

MetLife employees volunteered more than 2,500 hours in 2019 through a collaboration with Taproot Foundation. We also joined forces with Dell Technologies in North Carolina to host a pro bono skill-sharing workshop, facilitated by Taproot Foundation as a first-of-its-kind, two-company collaboration. The objective: help nonprofit organizations redesign an approach, process, or tool core to their success.

Volunteers from both companies led projects at six organizations — the Alzheimer’s Association, Bridge II Sports, Green Chair Project, Habitat for Humanity, Marbles Kids Museum, and Urban Ministries — ranging from developing a more user-friendly online donation tool to creating a help desk system to increase operational efficiency. The event was so successful that we are exploring more collaborative global opportunities with Dell in 2020.

In 2019, MetLife employees spent a quarter of our volunteer hours with three organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and Junior Achievement Worldwide. Here are a few examples of our employee volunteerism in 2019:

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Constructing new housing, improving existing housing in disrepair, and undertaking revitalization of community facilities and open space with Habitat for Humanity International. 18 markets

Inspiring children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sport with the Special Olympics. 19 markets

Helping prepare young people for employment and entrepreneurship through hands-on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship with JA Worldwide. 25 markets

Planting trees with Arbor Day Foundation, to improve air, soil, and water quality in our communities. 106 volunteers
200 trees

Engaging in vet initiatives through our MetLife Veteran’s Network including the Valor Games, a competition for wounded vets. 5k hours

Volunteering with Rise Against Hunger to prepare meal kits for those in need around the world. 2,077 volunteers
10,314 hours