In 2015, Unum and its employees in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland teamed up to contribute more than $12.7 million and volunteered more than 88,000 volunteer hours to support community initiatives we care deeply about.
“We have a longstanding tradition of helping others and fostering partnerships with organizations that are committed to making a difference in our communities,” said Cary Olson Cartwright, assistant vice president for corporate social responsibility at Unum. ”It’s awesome our employees share that commitment.”
As a company, we primarily focus our charitable efforts on supporting public education initiatives that provide more opportunity for students to learn and be successful. We also look for ways to support cultural arts programs and initiatives that promote health and wellness.
Over the years, Unum has been instrumental in creating education programs with South High Community School in Worcester, Mass., the Educate Maine’s Education Leaders Experience in Portland, Maine, and the Strong Schools Grants programs in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Columbia, S.C.
“We’re heavily involved in these programs, and many more like them, because of the collective impact they make on our communities,” Cartwright said. “They not only improve the educational outlook of children and young adults in our hometowns, they help us build strong communities by developing tomorrow’s leaders.”
Outside of public education initiatives, the United Way was a big beneficiary of our corporate giving in 2015. Other recipients included the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in Tennessee, Boys and Girls Club of Worcester in Massachusetts, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates in Maine, SC Center for Fathers and Families in South Carolina, Maggie’s in the U.K. and Junior Achievement Ireland.
Learn more about our strong commitment to social responsibility here.