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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 MetLife's 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.

MetLife employees spent a quarter of 2019 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

 

MetLife Foundation has collaborated with partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rise Against Hunger, and Junior Achievement for many years to expand affordable housing and mentor children to pursue successful careers.

Habitat for Humanity

MetLife Foundation partners with Habitat for Humanity to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for families in need of decent and affordable housing. A house is most families’ greatest financial asset. With MetLife Foundation’s support and MetLife volunteer efforts, Habitat for Humanity increases affordable housing and homeownership. Its proven program includes construction of new housing, improvement of existing homes in disrepair, and revitalization of community facilities and open space. Habitat maintains housing affordability through efficient building methods, modest house sizes, no-profit loans, and volunteer labor including partner families.

MetLife volunteers work side-by-side with future Habitat homeowners and community members on ground-up home building projects, home repairs, and community improvements. Homeownership — the cornerstone of Habitat’s work — fosters stability and revitalization in low-income areas. By obtaining a home, stabilizing living expenses, and managing cash flows necessary to maintain a home, families can improve their financial well-being, as well as their physical well-being and educational opportunities. Almost 1,400 MetLife volunteers contributed over 12,000 hours in 17 countries to Habitat new construction, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization projects in 2019.

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, more than 2,000 MetLife employees at 11 U.S. and two India sites spent more than 10,000 hours packaging nutrient-rich meals for people at risk of food insecurity and increasing their awareness of the issue. The annual event is an initiative of Rising Professionals at MetLife (iRise).

Junior Achievement

For the fourth consecutive year, Junior Achievement (JA) USA has given MetLife a Gold US President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 15,000 hours to JA around the world during the last program year (2018-19). The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition and is a U.S. presidential recognition program created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals and organizations who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. JA USA, as an official certifying organization of the award, bestows the honor on organizations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world. Employees in 25 countries volunteered more than 13,100 hours for local JA programs and at regional entrepreneurship competitions in Europe and the Middle East North Africa.

In the past, MetLife Foundation has also focused on:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Improvement
  • Disaster Relief
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Involvement
  • Financial Health
  • Health & Medical Research
  • Youth/Education