LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

Volunteerism

In 2013, our employees contributed a record 2 million volunteer hours to a variety of causes.

Supporting Employee Engagement

We all care about making our neighborhoods better places to live, do business and raise children. As individuals, we affect hundreds of thousands of lives through the programs we support, including volunteering, matching gifts and volunteer grants.

Our Bank of America Community Volunteers help make an impact in local neighborhoods through their passion, time, and expertise. To achieve even greater impact, our strategic volunteer efforts are aligned with our philanthropic priorities, including community development, workforce development and education and basic human services.

Our employee volunteers contributed more than 2 million hours in 2013 as part of our enterprise goal to achieve Two Million Connections for Better. Last year, employees volunteered in a variety of ways, from mentoring young people, to feeding the hungry, and supporting the needs of America's veterans.

In addition to giving their time, our employees made financial contributions to causes they care about, and we are proud to support their commitment with a robust Matching Gifts Program, Volunteer Grants and Volunteer Release Time.

Leadership Development

Bank of America Community Volunteer events help develop our employees' leadership, management and communication skills, in addition to delivering immediate community benefits. Going above and beyond their professional responsibilities, our employees drive our volunteer programs at the local level. They recruit, organize and help execute volunteer events, working in partnership with local nonprofits. We’re proud of their commitment and initiative in striving each day to make a difference in our communities.

See it in Action

Recognizing two million volunteer hours in 2013

We were excited to meet our goal of two million volunteer hours in 2013, a new high for Bank of America. Our volunteer work took many forms, including mentoring, providing financial education, supporting military home donations, feeding the hungry, and more. It's all part of our commitment to making our world better. Stay tuned for more details on our 2014 strategic goals for volunteerism.

Volunteering for communities worldwide through "2 Million Connections for Better"

To better connect to communities worldwide, in 2013 we set an enterprise goal to achieve “2 Million Connections for Better”, through volunteer efforts across the globe. This goal built on the 1.5 million volunteer hours employees recorded in 2012, and the enthusiasm and commitment of our employees helped us achieve a record 2 million volunteer hours in 2013. More More.

Serving those who served

In honor of Veterans Day, approximately 30 volunteers from Bank of America served those who served their country by working on several projects to better the lives of individuals at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV). They completed interior painting work, assembled and installed new furniture, and put finishing touches on the Center’s renovation project. More More

Financial Education

Responding to the needs of military service members for financial education, employees like Karen Mortimer, a Financial Advisor in La Jolla, California, have answered the call when she stepped up to partner with REBOOT, a nonprofit that focuses on veteran reintegration. They teamed up to create financial education materials and offer training to help veterans succeed here at home. More More

Events and Education

Bank of America employees participate in many nationwide events that help make a real, tangible difference in people’s lives. One example is the United Way’s Day of Caring.In conjunction with our annual employee giving campaign,our volunteers roll up their sleeves to help refurbish local nonprofit facilities like domestic violence centers, youth group homes and senior citizen centers.

We also support many vital educational and assistance programs like the CHOICES education group, which helps educate students about the importance of making the right decisions for a successful future. Our employees participate in the CHOICES program in more than 450 communities across the United States. We also support programs like Junior Achievement and Banking on Our Future.

See it in Action

MENTOR honor our employees for commitment to mentoring youth around the world

Bank of America has been recognized by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service. We partner with national nonprofits, like Year Up, international organizations like Japan's NPO Kids Door, and others to help connect employees to mentoring opportunities. In 2012, over 25,000 Bank of America employees served more than 211,000 mentoring hours.

Preparing meals for families in need

When Michelle Foy, vice president and executive recruiter at Bank of America, presented a charitable contribution to the Fisher House Foundation, she was inspired to do more for the organization. She volunteered to provide monthly dinners for the Fisher House at DC VA Medical Center in Northwest Washington – and recruited 15 colleagues from the Military Support Affinity Group to help. More More

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy

Bank of America has supported Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup since 2002. Each year, volunteers from around the world spend a day picking up everything from cigarette butts and food wrappers to fishing nets and appliances. In our most recent Coastal Cleanup, volunteers logged 3,079 hours, a 46% increase from the previous year. 

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Neighborhood Builders

Neighborhood Builders® 

Helping nonprofits address local challenges and meet critical needs through funding and leadership development.

Student Leaders

Student Leaders® 

Providing community-minded high school students with nonprofit work experience and a chance to participate in our Student Leadership Summit.

Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors 

We're partnering with Vital Voices to help extraordinary women unleash their leadership potential.