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‘A Great Big Cheer’ for Children – and PNC Employees

15K hours volunteered, 10K Can Do Cans assembled and nearly $2M in preschool teacher requests funded — and that’s just the start of what made April a really Great Month.

April is known as Great Month at PNC, and the company’s employees took it literally.

In PNC markets across the U.S., employees went all in on celebrating PNC Grow Up Great by supporting children from birth through age 5 as they prepare for success in school and life. Many employees were also excited for the chance to engage in more in-person volunteer opportunities this year, especially alongside their colleagues.

Here's a rundown of what the company and its employees accomplished together during Great Month 2023:

  • 3,054 teacher requests fulfilled on April 3 via DonorsChoose, an education nonprofit that connects individual donors with public school classrooms. PNC's flash funding to kick off Great Month that day supported 88,601 pre-K and Head Start students, for a total of $1.96M in classroom dreams brought to life.
  • 14,747 hours volunteered by 5,912 employees, a 38% increase from 2022
  • 10,000 Can Do Cans (educational kits) assembled for delivery to pre-K classrooms
  • Nearly 800 teachers supported with a $250 Lakeshore Learning gift card and wellness kit
  • 436 trikes and wagons built by 1,157 employees across four markets
  • 908 volunteers engaged in reading books to pre-K children, either in-person or virtually, in 173 early childhood education centers, more than double the numbers from 2022.
  • Through an initiative dubbed, “The Great Big Cheer,” PNC branches and many other market-led activations elevated awareness of PNC Grow Up Great, both in person and via social media posts.

A Great Month Across PNC’s Markets

Volunteerism at PNC is year-round. Eligible employees get up to 40 hours of paid volunteer time per year to volunteer for approved PNC Grow Up Great and/or Racial and Social Justice partner organizations. The latter are local organizations, varying by market, that serve low- to moderate-income and BIPOC individuals and communities, and have a mission and programming addressing economic empowerment, education and/or entrepreneurship.

Since 2004, PNC Grow Up Great has supported programs, resources and experiences that plant the seeds for a lifetime of opportunities. The $500 million, multiyear, bilingual early childhood education initiative helps to eliminate barriers and improve equity so that every child, particularly those in underserved communities, has an opportunity to succeed. In nearly 20 years, it’s invested $225 million in grants to nonprofits, reached more than 8 million children, and engaged PNC employees in more than a million volunteer hours.

Photo Gallery


Bay Area: In just one of your many social media posts about Great Month, Dhaval Shah and his branch team kick off the month with Great Big Cheer tees and Sesame resources.


Birmingham: PNC volunteers build trikes and wagons that will be delivered to a local PNC Grow Up Great early childhood education partner center.


Columbus: A Great Month volunteer team does a landscaping project in a community garden.


Greater Washington: Our Retail Distribution participation was amazing this year! Here's a collage of GWA branches participating in The Great Big Cheer.


Houston: Employees show off some of their completed trikes and wagons, with a guest visit from Houston Astros mascot Orbit.


Jacksonville: Chris Kalin, PNC regional president for Jacksonville, reads Mr. Tiger Goes Wild to a classroom of pre-K children.


Jacksonville: A group of employees deliver teacher gifts and a Thank You poster to a local Head Start center.


Kalamazoo: Western Michigan employees create Be Great Bookmarks for pre-K students.


St. Louis: PNC volunteers gather to assemble Can Do Cans for delivery to a local pre-K partner center.


New Jersey: Northvale branch employees display the Sesame resources available in branches for Great Month along with their Great Big Cheer T-shirts.


Dayton: This quilt, made by the education coach at Marilyn E. Thomas Early Education Center in Trotwood, Ohio, is a thank you to PNC and volunteers for their ongoing support.


Pittsburgh: Children dance at a Buzzword Pittsburgh program held at The Tower at PNC Plaza, led by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Science Center and Trying Together. PNC volunteers, including Enterprise Chief Info Officer Ganesh Krishnan, help out.


Pittsburgh: CEO Bill Demchak, center, stops in on one of the many sessions of trikes and wagons being built by PNC volunteers to kick off Great Month.


Philadelphia: Philly and Southern New Jersey employees get together to assemble Can Do Can educational kits for delivery to local early childhood education centers.


Phoenix: Phoenix East employees display some of the Can Do Cans they assembled toward our collective Great Month total of 10,000.


Phoenix: Mesa employees display Can Do Cans and the Mr. Tiger Goes Wild books they read to local pre-K students.

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