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.