Partnering with employee volunteers

Our extensive support for employee volunteerism helps our company, our employees, and the communities where we operate. We offer a number of resources and programs to support employees’ volunteer efforts:

Volunteer Grants

  • Individual Volunteer Grants: In many cases, we provide grants directly to the nonprofits where employees volunteer. These individual recognition grants, available globally, range from $125 for 25 hours of service to $500 for 100 hours per employee, per year.

  • Team Project Grants: We also provide grants to cover the costs of materials and supplies for hands-on volunteer projects undertaken by teams of three or more employees or retirees.

Nonprofit Board Service

One of the most effective ways for employees to serve their communities is by providing leadership and technical skills through service on an organization’s board of directors. In 2016, employees throughout Pitney Bowes served on the boards of local, national and international organizations, providing leadership and expertise in a wide array of business and technical disciplines.

Career Development Through Volunteerism

Volunteer service offers employees numerous opportunities to develop their skills. To help them choose, we provide a toolkit that maps volunteer programs and activities to specific skills and competencies they may be interested in developing.

Local Community Leadership Teams

Employee volunteers serving on Local Community Leadership Teams around the world help to inspire other employees to become active volunteers in their communities. Pitney Bowes Foundation volunteer grants support their efforts. The teams’ primary focus is literacy and education, but they also regularly lead blood drives and collections of food, clothing, books, and holiday gifts.

Signature Volunteer Programs:

Dedication to Education (D2E)

Launched in Connecticut in 2014, our D2E program has been growing globally ever since. Employee volunteer champions design and implement high-impact team projects, with help from a comprehensive toolkit and grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. Projects are conducted in partnership with local United Way chapters, Volunteer Centers and other Pitney Bowes Foundation grantees. All activities and projects support education, a top issue for our business, our employees and people throughout our communities. In 2016, our D2E celebration spanned 32 projects in 23 locations, drawing more than 500 volunteers.

Share the Message: Read!

For many years we have supported the crucial work of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), America’s largest early literacy nonprofit. A RIF program we are particularly proud of is Share the Message: Read!, funded  by the Pitney Bowes Foundation. Year after year, this program engages our employee volunteers in working directly with children to help them experience the joy of reading. Our support includes a well-equipped volunteer tote bag containing a story-time book for group reading, related craft activities, and an array of age-appropriate books for students to take home. RIF’s book distribution model, which engages kids by allowing them to choose from a variety of quality books, has proven to be a powerful motivator to get kids excited about reading and set them on a path to lifelong enrichment.

Dedication to Education (D2E)

This signature program operated globally in 2016, with 32 projects involving more than 500 employee volunteers at locations ranging across the United States, Canada, England, France, Israel, India and Australia. The program’s success is a combination of highly engaged employee volunteer champions, outstanding nonprofit partners, and Team Project Grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. The 2016 events took place between August and November. The program included a kick-off event at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport CT, in partnership with the museum and Reading is Fundamental. At the event, more than 30 employees lead hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and reading events to more than 2600 attendees including children and their family members. Other events around the world included partners ranging from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Junior Achievement and the United Way Ready to Read and Day of Action programs to dozens of local schools, parent organizations, community centers and educational nonprofits.

Share the Message: Read!

Throughout the year, teams of U.S.-based Pitney Bowes employee volunteers take part in this exciting program developed in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization—visiting schools, reading with children, engaging in craft activities and distributing age-appropriate books to help inspire a lifelong love of reading.

Back to School
When summer ends and it’s time to get ready for school, many families struggle to purchase the clothing and supplies their children will need for the school year ahead. Pitney Bowes employees lend a hand at numerous locations by conducting back-to-school drives in partnership with United Way and other charities. The materials they collect help students get the year off to a great start so they can focus and be fully engaged with their learning and school experience.

Junior Achievement

A team of employee volunteers from Fairfield County, CT spent a day teaching 5th-graders Junior Achievement’s “JA Our Nation” program at Stamford’s Julia A. Stark Elementary School. They were joined by Pitney Bowes President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Lautenbach, who answered students’ questions about education, career paths and the skills needed for success.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Mentors and Judges

Pitney Bowes volunteers have long supported students in NFTE’s entrepreneurship education programs by mentoring students and participating as judges in NFTE business plan competitions. Last year our volunteers helped students in NFTE Innovation Days in Fairfield County CT, Westchester County NY, and Boston MA. In addition, our employees regularly  support NFTE through board service.

United Way Fund Allocation Volunteers

We encourage employees to participate in the United Way’s grant-making activities, leveraging their skills and experience to help the organization allocate funds to meet the needs of their local communities.

Clean Up Australia

In March 2016, PB Australia staff members in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne donned yellow gloves as they helped to “Clean Up Australia” by picking up rubbish in their local area. The PB Australia team has supported this popular nationwide program for several years to help make Australia a cleaner and more beautiful country. Last year alone, 682,000 Clean Up Australia volunteers removed an estimated 16,657 tons of trash from local parks, waterways, beaches, sporting fields, bushland and roadways across the country.

Supporting Australian Students

Pitney Bowes partnered with United Way Australia to help students in Melbourne and Sydney achieve a better start in life after high school. Six employee volunteers in Melbourne helped Narre Warren South College students write resumes, then conducted mock job interviews to help prepare them for careers and business opportunities. In Sydney, volunteers took part in the James Meehan Educating Young Men workshop, mentoring students to make positive decisions for themselves and their careers.

Doveton, Australia Library Enhancements
Pitney Bowes employees in Melbourne volunteered to help the nearby town of Doveton make its library a more inviting place to visit. The socioeconomically challenged community comprises many diverse cultures, including immigrants and refugees with limited English skills, for whom the library can be an essential resource. Exterior beautification efforts included weeding, planting and placing colorful flower pots at the entrance. Inside, colleagues assembled ”teaching packs” to engage families in creative play and learning. Local kindergarten students even had a special visit from the reading mascot, Rex the Possum.

Mentoring with the Danbury Early College Opportunity (ECO) Program

This innovative public-private undertaking helps students prepare to excel in school, college, and career in a variety of information technology fields. Participants can earn both high school diplomas and associate degrees from Naugatuck Valley Community College. Program underwriters include the Danbury Public School District, Naugatuck Valley Community College, The State of Connecticut Board of Regents, NewOak Financial and Pitney Bowes. Last year more than 30 employees served as mentors in ECO’s online workplace learning component to help students apply lessons learned in the classroom to a real world setting.

Taking Time to Help Students in Tel Aviv Children’s Home

Our employees in Tel Aviv worked with students in Tel Aviv’s Achuzat Sara Children’s Home Wonder Class last year, with each of the students paired with two employee mentors throughout the program. Students, teachers, coaches and mentors met at our offices every two weeks, with employee volunteers helping the students work through exercises and forming close bonds with them. Students enjoyed their time with their mentors and their visits to our offices while gaining important academic and social skills.

Reading to Preschool Students at Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (Stamford, CT)

The 2016/2017 school year marks the second year that our employee volunteers have led monthly group reading activities for children ages 3-5. Sessions start with 15-20 minutes of reading from books selected by the preschoolers, followed by other activities ranging from arts and crafts to playtime.

Judging at the Connecticut Invention Convention

Several Pitney Bowes Tech Ladder members recently volunteered as judges at this annual event highlighting the  creativity of young and inspiring students. Each year, the Convention brings some 900 students in grades K-8 from all over the Northeast to the University of Connecticut at Storrs to display their problem-solving inventions. The judges selected approximately 20 finalists and met with the students one-on-one to learn about their inventions. The three final winners each received a Pitney Bowes Foundation Innovation Award and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

Audubon Society Volunteering

Members of the Pitney Bowes Environmental Health and Safety team joined colleagues from the Global Legal and Compliance Organization at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Coastal Center at Milford Point to paint benches and railings for the comfort and safety of visitors.

STEM Career Coaching

Members of the PB Innovation Team spoke to more than 200 high school students at the 33rd Annual Multicultural Business Youth Educational Services Embarkment conference in Fairfield County CT. The team gave the students a deep dive into potential careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and what their workdays might be like. In turn, students simulated global logistics and parcel delivery and developed and presented concepts for a mobile shipping application.

Supporting veterans and their families in Troy, NY

In celebration of Veterans Day, PB colleagues prepared and served dinner at The Fisher House in Albany, which provides no-cost housing for military and veterans’ families while loved ones are receiving treatment at the nearby VA Hospital. This volunteer service helps families at a time when they rarely have the resources to cook for themselves.  

Holiday Helpers in Poland

Pitney Bowes colleagues in Poland continue to participate in a nationwide event called “The Noble Box Project,” which provides assistance to those in need during the holiday season. In 2016, the team helped a 70-year-old woman by providing food, gifts and much-needed equipment to make her home more comfortable.

Colleagues in France Support Students in Morocco

Through the "A Tous Coeurs" program of Pitney Bowes France, colleagues in France responded to the needs of a kindergarten in the village of Adar N'Wamane in southern Morocco. Employees collected school supplies, games and toys and provided resources to help paint the school, install air-conditioning, and purchase textbooks, furniture and a gas cooking range to benefit 29 preschool students.

Presort Colleagues Help Students Prepare for Testing

50 Presort leaders from across the country built 600 care packages for sixth-grade students preparing for their first-ever mid-term tests. Kits included a bracelet with positive messages, pencils and a pencil sharpener, erasers, fun mini-notebooks, hand sanitizer, pocket tissues, lollipops and candies. They also proved useful as the appreciative students created handmade “Thank you” cards to our volunteers.

Brisbane Australia Employees Upgrade Local Community Center

Volunteers in Brisbane teamed up with United Way and Greening Australia to brighten up a well utilized community center. The “Heritage Hut” at the Acacia Ridge Community Centre is a vital resource for its culturally and socially diverse community, running English language and literacy tutoring, employment assistance, housing, food security and social enterprise programs. Our volunteers transformed the hut into a bright and clean space for the community to continue to enjoy for years to come.

Volunteer Recognition

Governor’s Prevention Partnership places PB on Honor Roll

Once again the Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP) has included Pitney Bowes on its Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. This annual recognition celebrates businesses that support mentoring to help keep Connecticut kids safe, successful, drug-free and workforce-ready. Each year, our employee volunteers mentor students in numerous Connecticut communities.

Lila Snyder receives the YWCA BRAVA! Award

Lila Snyder, Executive VP and President, Global eCommerce, was honored recently by the YWCA of Greenwich CT as a community leader and mentor for her advocacy for STEM education. In accepting the award, Lila spoke passionately about the importance of supporting STEM education for young men and young women, growing opportunities in STEM fields, and the crucial role STEM skills play in organizations like Pitney Bowes.

Stamford Public Education Foundation recognizes Polly O’Brien Morrow

SPEF recently presented its Leadership Award to Polly O’Brien Morrow, Pitney Bowes Program Director, Global Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, for her wide-ranging work on behalf of the Stamford community. In presenting the award, Stamford Mayor David Martin mentioned Polly’s two decades of support for SPEF and its programs and her chairmanship of the Stamford School Readiness Council and The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens.   

Doubling Our Impact Around the Globe

We also engage our employees in their communities through our employee giving programs. Each year, Pitney Bowes employees in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, give generously to charities. Our annual giving campaign, conducted in partnership with United Way Worldwide, allows employees to direct their support to specific initiatives and organizations, with their contributions matched by the Pitney Bowes Foundation.  Education, workforce development and health are consistently among their top priorities.

In our latest campaign, the 2016/2017 Pitney Bowes Giving Team achieved another great win for their communities. Employee pledges of $1.3 million U.S. and matching gifts from the Pitney Bowes Foundation will result in more than $2.6 million U.S. in donations to charities around the world. In addition to raising awareness and funds for the United Way, the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund, and many other charities, teams also won grants for their local United Ways in recognition of superior campaign events that demonstrated the Pitney Bowes values of innovation, passion and collaboration.