Local community support: Helping those in need
In addition to our focus on education, we also provide grants to meet pressing community needs through disaster relief and health and human services organizations.
In times of crisis, we provide support to employees and family members. Within the United States, we do this through the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund. Outside the U.S., we conduct global appeals to support organizations such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, with matching funds provided by the Pitney Bowes Foundation.
Pitney Bowes Relief Fund
Founded in 1992, the Pitney Bowes Relief Fund is a U.S. public charity that offers support to employees, family members and others whose lives have been disrupted by natural disasters or personal misfortunes. The Relief Fund is financed by employee contributions and matching gifts from our annual U.S. Employee Giving Campaign. Since its inception, the Relief Fund has distributed more than $3 million to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical care while also providing referrals to community-based resources for additional support. Since Pitney Bowes pays for all administrative expenses, 100% of employee contributions and matching funds go directly to support those in need.
In support of our communities and the Red Cross, Pitney Bowes and our employees partner with the Red Cross on frequent blood drives. In 2016, the American Red Cross presented Pitney Bowes with a plaque recognizing us as a Ready 365 Partner, supporting their humanitarian mission to provide lifesaving services to those affected by natural disasters and personal tragedies.
Providing Access to Food, Shelter and Healthcare
The Pitney Bowes Relief Fund and Pitney Bowes Foundation regularly provide funding to organizations that help individuals and families gain access to healthy, nourishing food, affordable medical and mental health care, shelter for those in transition, and special services for women and children at risk. The organizations we support include:
- United Way: We have a long history of partnership with United Way to ensure the health and well-being of our communities through programs such as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) that target support to individuals and families facing hardships.
- Food Banks: We support numerous food banks around the U.S., including Area Congregations Together (Shelton, CT), Inn Between (Salt Lake City, UT), Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Connecticut Food Bank, Greater Berks Food Bank (Reading, PA), Atlanta Community Food Bank, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (Appleton, WI), New Covenant House of Hospitality (Stamford, CT)
- Shelters: Among the many shelters we support are Acadiana The Outreach Center (Lafayette, LA), American Red Cross, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Pacific House / Shelter for the Homeless (Stamford, CT), Washington Women in Need (Kirkland WA), Salvation Army, Berks Community Action Program (Reading, PA), Family Promise of Lower Bucks (Levittown, PA), Samaritan House (San Mateo, CA), Simpson Housing Services (Minneapolis, MN)