Action Teams

SUPPORTING TEAMS OF ASSOCIATES TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT TOGETHER

Highlights

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290

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participating cities
Our culture is built around teams of associates working and winning together. We brought that same attitude to our community impact program through Action Teams.

Action Teams can be coordinated by work departments looking for team-building opportunities or by passionate employees who want to bring their co-workers together to fundraise for and participate in charitable activities.

We also found champions across the country to help organize events we had supported for many years, including the Heart Walk, Race for the Cure and the Kidney Walk.

We support those teams by providing free t-shirts and other gear to wear at events, providing marketing collateral to raise money, and making a donation to the benefitting nonprofit on behalf of the team.

 

Stories

Jamie Cabral

Talent Development Consultant | Andover, MA

The Andover office has long had a relationship with Lazarus House, an organization that provides services to struggling individuals and families in need, but in 2016 a group of associates decided to pound the pavement to show a new level of support.


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already knew we had a connection with Lazarus House,” says Jamie Cabral. “So when I learned about the Hike for Hope, I decided to take ownership of organizing an Action Team.”

I think the ACT program speaks to us in Andover, says Jamie. All of our team events are well attended, and our offsite volunteer activities have all gone to a waitlist.

Jamie recruited 14 associates to register for the Hike for Hope, a three-mile walk around Andover in support of Lazarus House. The team was able to take advantage of the $500 Action Team donation for the organization, and several associates also engaged in fundraising campaigns to support the walk.

“I think the ACT program speaks to us in Andover,” says Jamie. “All of our team events are well attended, and our offsite volunteer activities have all gone to a waitlist.”

Jamie looks forward to helping more associates connect with the ACT program as co-chair of the Action Committee in 2017.

Heart Walk

Boston, Denver, Milwaukee, New York, Overland Park

For many years, Great-West has supported the American Heart Association. With the introduction of the ACT program, we empowered our associates to take charge of this partnership, especially surrounding the Heart and Stroke Walks hosted in cities across the country.


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n 2016, our associates organized Action Teams to participate in the walks in Boston, Denver, Milwaukee, New York and Overland Park.

Great-West is an example of a success story of empowering individuals to make a partnership successful.

“Working with associates directly helped to transform the conversations we were able to have,” says Elizabeth Tomlin with the American Heart Association in Denver. “It makes everything more real. It isn’t just about giving to a good cause, but about their own personal experience with us. Our three internal champions had outstanding results. Great-West is an example of a success story of empowering individuals to make a partnership successful.”

Race for the Cure

Andover, Denver, Overland Park, Somerset

The fight against breast cancer is personal for many of our associates.
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e all have a friend, a family member or a co-worker who has fought the disease, and our Action Teams organized to raise money and awareness in their honor. In 2016, seven Action Teams ran and walked in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in Andover, Denver, Overland Park and Somerset. The teams raised nearly $20,000 for the cause.