State Street employees receive four paid days a year to volunteer their time and service in local communities for causes they’re passionate about. Through our volunteer program, we help community organizations draw on the resources and talents of our employees. We engage in the communities where we work, sponsoring charitable fundraising events, and contributing to small business and affordable housing investment funds. We’re proud that our team contributed more than 35,000 community outreach hours in 2020. In addition, employee‐led committees help us execute on our strategy in 38 communities around the world. Opportunities are available to guide State Street Foundation grants, become volunteer ambassadors or join a nonprofit Board of Directors.
Our commitment to helping people meet their potential begins with our employees. We recruit top talent and give them an inclusive and rewarding culture. Here, they develop invaluable skills and find new ways to meet our clients’ needs — and then take that growth and creativity out into our communities. With these initiatives, we strive to be a global force and a local citizen.
Employees who engage in their communities feel more connected. Our Corporate Citizenship programs help employees find volunteer opportunities and enhance their community leadership.
Our 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards recognized three employees who had tremendous impact and commitment to their communities, and exemplify our goal to care for colleagues, clients and community:
- David Cote from Boston, Massachusetts founded and now leads The Summit Project, a non-profit, nationally recognized community service organization focused on military families. The Summit Project ensures that fallen soldiers are not forgotten by leading tribute hikes and creating conversations around legacy and remembrance.
- Zahid Hamid from Scotland volunteered for almost 100 hours in 2020 — supporting refugee families, food banks and many more organizations through a time of crisis. Zahid even ran a food bank from his garage when the local charity lost their space due to COVID-19 closures.
- Sara-Jayne Wild from Bangalore, India helped publish a children’s book whose proceeds were donated to Headstreams, a State Street Foundation partner that focuses on food security, child safety and strengthening livelihoods.