Action Matches

DOUBLING DOWN ON  OUR ASSOCIATES DOING GOOD IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

Highlights

1,158

associates engaged
in financial match program

9,850

volunteer hours
matched

770

unique nonprofit
organizations supported
Our associates are active in the communities where they live, work and have personal relationships. We have seen our associates spend countless personal hours rolling up their sleeves to serve dinners at homeless shelters, or raising money for charities close to their hearts.

We respected that motivation and created Action Matches as a way to double down on their efforts. Through this program, we match personal volunteer time and money donated by our associates up to $5,000 per associate annually.

That means an associate who gives $100 to his or her favorite charity doubles his or her impact by adding a $100 match from the company. And an associate who spends 15 hours volunteering is given a $150 company match to donate to the organization in honor of that time.

More associates than ever are giving their time, money and talent back to our communities — and the company is behind them every step of the way.

 

Stories

Anthony Barreca

Plan Maintenance Specialist | Overland Park, KS

Anthony Barreca believes in the power of sports to teach kids valuable life lessons.


K
ids shouldn’t fear falling down,” he says. “They need to know it’s okay, and get back up and try again.”

For the past 16 years, Anthony has coached football with the Missouri Wolverines Organization, a program of the Northland Youth Training Facility. The organization focuses on teaching young athletes that hard work leads to improvement and eventually to success.

Anthony spends four nights a week volunteering at the facility and is an active board member as head of the booster club. While he started volunteering before the ACT program started, he was amazed to learn how his time would be rewarded through the program.

“I haven’t heard of another company that does this,” he says. “I love that my volunteer commitment is meaningful to the company. So meaningful, that they will pay for my time.”

In 2016, Anthony and his family received the Legacy Award from the organization.

“I earned this award in part because of the unique ways I’ve been able to support the organization through the ACT program,” he says.

Mark Gaston

Plan Services Account Manager | Somerset, NJ

Raising puppies is a big part of Mark Gaston’s life outside of work.


O
ver the past 10 years, he has raised four dogs from playful young pups to working dogs for a nonprofit organization called The Seeing Eye.

“I love everything about it,” Mark says. “Helping to train puppies for someone else is a great motivator.”

Mark and his family teach the dogs basic manners and commands and help introduce them to a variety of social situations. After leaving Mark’s charge, the dogs serve as guides for people who are blind.

“I was so excited to learn Action Matches applied to official dog training time,” he says. “It is a great way for me to raise money for the organization through the time I already spend volunteering.”

Mark records the time he spends going on official outings, attending volunteer meetings and presenting to other organizations about The Seeing Eye. He submits it all for his Action Match hours.

“This is a great benefit for us,” he says.

Amanda Reyes

Contracts Specialist | Denver, CO

Amanda Reyes is a millennial trying to change the narrative of philanthropy.


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s co-chair of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s Young Latino Philanthropists Initiative, Amanda leverages her Action Matches dollars alongside other members to fund innovative projects that address community issues in new ways.

“Anyone can be a philanthropist,” she says. “We are one of the largest giving circles for millennials in the United States, and we are influencing change on important issues through small donations from a large group of people.”

Each member of the group contributes money to a pooled fund throughout the year, and at the end of the year the group meets to select organizations that will receive micro grants.

When Amanda learned about Action Matches, she quickly signed up.

“It’s so easy to have the money come directly out of my paycheck,” she says. “Each month I donate the equivalent of two drinks at happy hour — I can give that up. And it’s matched by the company.”

Amanda appreciated that Action Matches didn’t put restrictions on how she could give back to the community.

“I appreciate how the ACT program allows associates from all levels of the company to come together and help each other figure out how we can best make an impact,” she says. “We get to be a part of exposing the company to new organizations and causes, not just waiting for what they bring our way.”

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Kari Scopelites

Executive Assistant | Andover, MA

Kari Scopelites would have laughed at the thought of running the Boston Marathon five years ago, but in April 2017 she tackled the challenging 26.2-mile course with the support of her fellow associates propelling her forward.


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unning the Boston Marathon for the American Liver Foundation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she says.

Five years after taking up running, Kari learned about the American Liver Foundation team from her boss, Brian Burke. Brian, a liver transplant recipient, inspired Kari to both run and raise money for the organization.

“I saw what Brian and his family went through and know there are many other families going through this same thing,” she says. “I can help by raising money and awareness for them.”

Kari has already raised more than $9,000 for the cause — much of it matched by the company and initiated by fellow associates.

“I was nervous about the $5,000 fundraising commitment at the start, but the support from my co-workers and friends has been enormous.”