Navy Federal is celebrating the 15th year of our Dollars for Doers grant program – an initiative aimed at celebrating our team members’ commitment to serving the communities where they live and work!
The program provides monetary grants of $1,000 to the charitable organization of an employee’s choice. The team member must currently be a volunteer with the organization with tenure of at least one year. This year Navy Federal expanded its program both to commemorate the program’s 15-year anniversary, and to accommodate a record-breaking number of employee requests. From now on, the program will distribute 100 grants, for a grand total of $100,000 in donations yearly.
In its 15-year history, Dollars for Doers has generated more than $550,000 in donations for deserving charitable organizations across the country… Even as far as Hawaii! Patty Wilhelm is a supervisor at the Navy Federal branch in Mililani, Hawaii and a 2017 grant recipient. This is her third year leading fundraising events to support the U.S. Veterans Initiative, a program aimed at helping veterans make the transition to civilian life. Patty served in the U.S. Navy for more than seven years. Working with veterans is a cause she’s passionate about. “As a veteran, I understand the importance of taking care of those who have served. The transition can be scary for someone who has served for many years and doesn’t know anything but military life. And that’s where the U.S. Veterans Initiative is able to provide veterans the resources and support they need,” she said.
From military organizations to nonprofits supporting education, youth leadership, community outreach, animal advocacy, and medical treatment and research, Dollars for Doers helps make a difference in many ways. Robert Hinton, a Navy Federal Contact Center supervisor based in Pensacola, Florida, received a $1,000 Dollars for Doers grant for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart this year. Robert says the grant will help the families of children who are patients at the hospital. “Many of the patients’ parents aren’t able to afford proper car seats for their kids. Through the Dollars for Doers program, we’re able to help keep kids safe as they travel to the hospital and doctor’s appointments,” Hinton added.
The Dollars for Doers program is just one example of how our credit union’s superior service extends to communities across the country. Most recently, Navy Federal was ranked No. 22 on People’s first annual “50 Companies that Care” list. This recognition highlights the top U.S. companies that have succeeded in business, while also demonstrating respect, compassion and concern for their employees, and their communities. We also recently celebrated our seventh year on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and part of that recognition takes into account special and unique benefits like Dollars for Doers that are offered to employees.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 Dollars for Doers grant recipients – and thank you to all our employee volunteers who have made a difference in the communities in which we serve!
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