Leading the Way

Bringing positive change to our communities

Whether you volunteer at your child’s school or give to your local church, chances are that most of you give back in some way to your communities. And no doubt it feels good to know you’re helping others.

At Unum, we also feel it’s our responsibility to give back to the communities we call home. And just like you, we do that by understanding the needs of our neighbors and finding ways to bring about positive changes.

For example, when local school administrators in Chattanooga were looking for ways to help teachers implement projects in the classroom, we responded by creating a mini-grant program. Now teachers can pitch their ideas for how to improve the classroom experience for their students, with dozens selected every year for funding.

Through programs like these mini-grants, we give millions of dollars every year to local and national philanthropic organizations.

When it comes to affecting positive change in the communities we call home, we believe time matters as much as money, and that service and volunteerism should be an integral part of what we do.

That’s why more than 75% of grants we made in 2015 went beyond monetary donations to include more than 350 of our executives involved in board management and more than 88,000 hours spent volunteering by our employees.

How do we connect the volunteer spirit of our workforce with the needs of the community? Through the same thoughtful approach we take when determining how we allocate our financial support.

For instance, when the Jobs for Maine Graduates program was looking for mentors to spend time with at-risk high schools students, our employees responded by donating their time to spend in the classroom to help students prepare for graduation and prepare for a career.

Our community outreach is guided by our three pillars of giving – education, health and wellbeing, and arts and culture – with a primary focus on supporting public education initiatives that improve the outlook for children and young adults.

To learn more about our strong commitment to social responsibility, take a look at our corporate responsibility report.