Since 2004, employee volunteers have made a big impact across PNC’s markets and in December 2020, we reached 1 million volunteer hours. This milestone was achieved during a virtual volunteerism environment within the PNC Grow Up Great program and during a challenging time for children and teachers. We are especially excited about the ways that early childhood education centers and PNC employees continue to expand virtual volunteerism. PNC employees in Atlanta, GA, for example, are enjoying reading virtually to children attending a local YMCA pre-K partner center. The PNC Atlanta Client & Community Relations team facilitates this by sending a book to the employee volunteer and books to the classroom – with enough copies for each student to take home plus two extras for the classroom library. The PNC volunteer reads to the classroom virtually, providing a fun break from their daily routine – just via a monitor.
Reading to the children – even virtually – makes a big difference in their lives and it brings me a lot of joy.
PNC’s Grants for Great Hours program is another way that employees can give back through their volunteer efforts. Individuals and teams of employees can earn up to $3,000 in grants for qualified early education centers. Launched in 2005, the volunteerism grants program has grown in popularity each year. Since the inception of the program, Grow Up Great volunteers have earned 2,812 individual and team grants totaling more than $9 million.
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