LEADERSHIP & SERVICE

Volunteerism

In 2011, our employees contributed a record 1.5 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 critical needs.

Our employee volunteers contributed more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service during 2011. They partnered with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, ServiceNation, Operation Homefront, many local food banks and more. In addition to giving their time, they gave 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. In 2011, our employees donated more than $25 million to a wide range of causes. With Bank of America’s matching gifts, that total increased to $50 million to help create impact in communities. Our employees also consistently make generous contributions through our United Way campaign, raising more than $24 million through the 2011 campaign.

Bank of America community volunteers in hard hats

Connecting to communities through volunteering

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

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

To better connect to communities worldwide, we’re launching a new program that showcases our commitment to volunteerism: “2 Million Connections for Better.” These efforts will build on the 1.5 million volunteer hours employees generously recorded last year, as we push toward a new goal of two million volunteer hours. 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

Our employees participate in many nationwide events that help make a real, tangible difference in people’s lives. One example is the United Way Day of Caring. Once a year, 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 the Future.

See it in Action

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.