Partnering with employee volunteers

We believe our support for employee volunteerism helps our company, our employees, and the communities where we operate. This support takes several forms:

Volunteer Grants

  • Individual Volunteer Grants: In many cases, we recognize individual employees’ volunteerism by providing grants directly to the nonprofits where they volunteer. These individual grants, available globally, range from $125 for 25 hours of service to $500 for 100 hours.

  • Team 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 2017, 68 employees throughout Pitney Bowes served on the boards of local, national or international organizations.

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 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 Foundation grantees. All activities and projects support education, a top issue for our business, our employees and people throughout our communities. In 2017, our D2E celebration spanned 75 projects in 29 locations, drawing more than 1000 volunteers. This signature program expanded globally in 2017, with 75 projects involving more than 1000 employee volunteers at locations in Australia, Brazil, England, France, India, Israel, Poland and the United States. Between highly engaged employee volunteer champions, outstanding nonprofit partners, and Team Project Grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, the program has become a resounding success. The 2017 kickoff event drew more than 1800 people to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where our volunteers helped children make floam, create lava lamps, build and fly kites, and choose Reading Is Fundamental books to take home. Partners for other events around the world included United Way Ready to Read and Day of Action programs, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Clubs, local schools, parent-teacher organizations, community centers and educational nonprofits.

Dedication to Education Global Volunteerism

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 elementary school 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. The take-home books span a variety of subjects keyed to kids’ interests; current offerings include books on technology, innovation, coding and communications. The program has proven to be a powerful motivator to get kids excited about reading and set them on a lifelong path of discovery and enrichment.

Australia Employees Help Out at Schools and Community Centers

In Brisbane, employee volunteers teamed up with United Way to brighten up the “Heritage Hut” at the Acacia Ridge Community Centre. Working with Greening Australia trainees, they painted the hut a cheery yellow and transformed it into a bright, clean community space.

Volunteers from Adelaide participated in ”Read Aloud at the Zoo Day,” a memorable day for children and volunteers in which authors and volunteers read books and organized related activities designed to encourage children to read aloud every day.

Meanwhile, Pitney Bowes volunteers from Perth took part in “Paint The Swan REaD!”, a community event run by Clan Midland promoting the message of “Touch, Speak, Sing” to encourage parents in the City of Swan to read to their children. Volunteers engaged parents, handed out books to children, and assisted children in various craft activities.

A team of Sydney volunteers set up a “Magic of Storytelling” community playgroup, prepared food and participated in a variety of activities including face painting, building with Legos and reading books to the children. Yet another group joined forces with volunteers from Dell/EMC to support Narre Warren South P-12 College’s Mock Interviews. The students and teachers found the time spent coaching students on interviewing techniques very valuable. Other Sydney-area events included the Macquarie Park Office Industry Tour in partnership with the United Way of Australia, in which 16 employee volunteers introduced students to our industry and pointed out possible career paths. Volunteers also participated in Business@School at Marsden High School.

Heathlands School for Deaf Children (U.K.)

PB Hatfield U.K. employees volunteered at the Heathlands School for Deaf Children to enhance the school’s garden by painting fences, preserving the sound garden, making a vegetable patch with raised planters, putting in new topsoil and erecting a gate so that the children’s hearing dog can use the garden.

White River Junction, VT

Volunteers from White River Junction, Vermont, provided children aged 7 to 11 with a Job Shadow Day that included a tour of the office, a scavenger hunt, an introduction to company software to map out neighborhoods, a coloring activity using maps, and time spent exploring the world using Google Earth. The activities introduced the students to Pitney Bowes while broadening their view of the world and the wonders of geographic information systems. The Upper Valley Haven is a nonprofit serving people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, service coordination, and other support, including After-School and Summer Programs that increase confidence and academic achievement.

Employee volunteers also supported Careers CLiC (Connecting Learning in the Community) on a Job Shadow program for 8th-grade students. Students used Google Earth to locate their home and school, participated in programming sessions on Scraping and Engineering, built residential neighborhood polygons and performed Quality Control activities. Careers CLiC serves students in Vermont and the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire through programs that link schools with local employers.

Family & Children’s Aid

PB team members have worked for several years with Danbury Family and Children’s Aid, an organization that supports children and families in crisis. Last year, 92 volunteers provided 736 hours of service inside and out to help the organization serve 6000 families and children more effectively. Collectively, our volunteers spread 273 wheelbarrows of mulch on 52 garden beds, painted 17 rooms with 42 gallons of paint, built 13 shelves and shelved 1500 toys and books, and installed a new Exergame Projection System, all compliments of Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Foundation.

Information Technology Team Volunteer Project at Danbury Family & Children's Aid

Tutoring Students in Tel Aviv Children’s Home

Now in their third year of collaboration with the Tel Aviv Children’s Home, employees in Israel volunteered in two innovative programs. The first, “Empowered Women,” helps inspire senior girls to become successful independent women. Monthly meetings with Pitney Bowes mentors provide a forum for subjects including career development, financial management, self-awareness, self-defense and personal growth. Under the second program, “Sports and Values,” employee volunteers played soccer and basketball with middle school students and taught them about values such as setting goals, persistence, and dealing with failure.

Reading to Preschool Students at Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County

Employee volunteers in Stamford, Connecticut, are in their third year of a very different collaboration focused on children 3-5 years old. At Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County, volunteers lead monthly group reading sessions that start with 15-20 minutes of reading from books selected by the preschoolers, followed by arts, crafts and playtime activities.

Mentoring Future Software Engineers in Poland

In Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Pitney Bowes employee volunteers helped organize and run a program for 200 elementary and high school students. Through the program, students learned what it’s like to be a Pitney Bowes software engineer and the range of career opportunities available in IT. They also took part in a software testing competition to find the most errors in a web application.

PB Poland colleagues also participated in IT Academic Days, helping more than 500 high school students take part in a competition designed to strengthen their programming skills. In addition, PB Poland team members partnered with Bielsko-Biala University’s Reset YOUng initiative, which introduces students from 7 to 18 to the university and exposes them to programs such as Lego Mindstorms and basic programming software.

Beskid IT Academic Day 2018

Colleagues in France Support Students in Morocco

Through the "A Tous Coeurs" program of Pitney Bowes France, colleagues in France continued their support of a kindergarten in the village of Adar N'Wamane in southern Morocco. Employees donated essential tools and resources to benefit the young students.

Junior Achievement

Each year employee volunteers from Fairfield County, Connecticut, reach out to teach Junior Achievement’s “JA Our Nation” program to fifth-graders at local elementary schools. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with practical information about the nation's free market economy and how it creates potential career opportunities.

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 Start Up Tech Summer in New York City. A highlight was NFTE’s August reception at the United Nations in honor of winners of its World Series of Innovation in April, in which students were challenged to develop entrepreneurial solutions to help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Eleven teams of young innovators were honored for their contributions.

Back-to-School Supplies for more than 1000 Students

Volunteers at eight Pitney Bowes facilities teamed up to assemble bags full of school supplies for low-income children in their communities. In partnership with the United Way Worldwide and local United Ways, employees donated more than 300 hours to assemble the kits and offer handwritten notes of encouragement to students in Austin, Texas; Corona, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pine Brook, New Jersey; Reading, Pennsylvania; and Richmond, Virginia.

Arbor Hill Elementary

Employees volunteered at this school in Albany, New York, reading Dr. Seuss’s “The Best Nest” to kindergarten and special ed classes. They then helped students decorate their own wooden birdhouses. Students also received copies of James Patterson’s “Middle School” chapter book while teachers received a variety of books and school supplies.

Arts in Education Theater Workshops

More than 20 Fairfield County employees volunteered at 12 Ridgefield Playhouse Literacy Workshops featuring Charlotte's Web for fourth-graders at schools in Danbury, Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut. Working with Ridgefield Playhouse staff, they prepared students to see the play by reading excerpts from the book, explaining theater etiquette and helping students write their own vivid descriptions of story elements. At the end each student received a personal copy of the book.

Nourishing young learners by creatively addressing food insecurity

In Phoenix, Arizona, 125 employee volunteers partnered with Kitchen on the Street to build sculptures out of canned foods as part of a team-building exercise. When they were done, all 5,000 cans were donated to local Family Food Pantries to help Maricopa County families struggling with food insecurity. In addition, employees from Stamford, Connecticut spent an evening volunteering at the Mobile Food Pantry, helping to distribute food to more than 190 Stamford-area families. The Pantry is a partnership between the United Way and the Connecticut Food Bank. And in Madison, Wisconsin, Pitney Bowes colleagues helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner to 900 people at Green Bay Packer Lambeau Field and deliver 1000 meals to homebound neighbors.

Read Across America

From Rancho Dominguez, California to Danbury, Connecticut, Pitney Bowes employees participated in Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, books and volunteer readers. 

Recognition

Governor’s Prevention Partnership places PB on Honor Roll

The Connecticut Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP) has again 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.

Responsible 100 Award

In recognition of outstanding corporate citizenship, Kathleen Ryan Mufson received the City and State New York Responsible 100 Award.

Supporting Women-Owned Business

Abby Kohnstamm and Pitney Bowes were honored by the Women’s Business Development Council on the organization’s 20th anniversary. Pitney Bowes was the first corporate supporter of WBDC.

Giving Back to the Community Award

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Connecticut presented Pitney Bowes with the Norman Leeds Giving Back to the Community Award. This award recognizes Pitney Bowes and our employees for outstanding performance in our annual Employee Giving Campaign.

Each year, Pitney Bowes colleagues support their communities through onsite drives and collections to help underserved students and their families. From back-to-school clothes and school supplies to holiday food and toy drives, our employees’ generosity makes a difference. Some examples of 2017 drives include:

Food Drives

Whether for holidays, weekend nutrition or summertime meals for students on free-and-reduced lunch programs, our employees donate thousands of pounds of food to local food banks and food pantries each year. Partners include the Interfaith Food Pantry of Pine Brook, New Jersey; the Food Bank of Southwestern Fairfield County, Connecticut; the Connecticut Food Bank; Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, North Carolina; the Salvation Army Food Bank in Danbury, Connecticut; the St. Joseph Food Pantry in Appleton, Wisconsin; Harvesters in Kansas City, Missouri; and Harvest House of the Valley United Way in Shelton, Connecticut. Last year our team in Atlanta, Georgia did a birthday cake drive to help low-income families celebrate milestones.

Dental Drives

Incoming kindergarten students in Fridley, Minnesota each received toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to help keep them healthy and smiling.

Back to School Drives

As summer ends, 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 on the academic challenges ahead. Among last year’s partners: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center in Spokane, Washington; United Way of Western Connecticut; Valley United Way in Shelton, Connecticut; United Way of Jacksonville, Florida’s Stuff the Bus program.

Winter Drives

From coats and mittens to holiday toys, our employees supported the unmet needs of children and families in their communities through drives conducted in partnership with Salvation Army chapters serving Kansas City, Missouri and Danbury, Connecticut; the Family Support Center of Salt Lake City, Utah; Domus Kids and Kids in Crisis in Connecticut; Valley United Way in Shelton, Connecticut; United Way of Western Connecticut; United Ways serving Jacksonville, Florida and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Fox Valley Warming Center and Neenah Menasha Emergency Society in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Doubling Our Impact Around the Globe

Employees also engage in their communities through our employee giving programs. Each year, Pitney Bowes employees in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and 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 and have their contributions matched by the Pitney Bowes Foundation. Education, workforce development and health are consistently among their top priorities.

Our latest campaign resulted in more than $2.7 million U.S. in donations to charities around the world, thanks to employee pledges and matching gifts from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. In addition to raising awareness and funds for the United Way, the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund, Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies and many other charities, teams also won Foundation grants for their local United Ways in recognition of superior campaign events that demonstrated the Pitney Bowes values of innovation, passion and collaboration.