Unum was honored with the Outstanding Corporation Award from the Northern New England Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during the organization’s National Philanthropy Day. The award was given in recognition of the company’s leadership, philanthropy and community involvement.
Unum’s longstanding partnership with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates was at the forefront for this recognition. Unum supports JMG and the unique role it plays in public education and in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth.
For years, Unum has worked with JMG to help at-risk students stay in school and become better prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce. The partnership includes:
- The annual Urban Adventure that invites 150 youth from across the state to take over the company’s Portland campus for two days. Unum executives and 30-40 staff host workshops and activities focused on career skills, community service and civic engagement.
- Leadership training activities with Unum’s executive team in Portland
- The expansion of JMG services to support youth in foster care, homeless youth, and those who’ve been incarcerated. Through this partnership, JMG has helped more than 15,000 students pursue their potential.
“It was an honor to accept this award on behalf of my colleagues,” said Cary Olson-Cartwright, Unum’s assistant vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility. “Unum’s giving is so much more than writing a check. Our employees are dedicated to making a difference in our communities, and we’re grateful to receive this special recognition that reflects that commitment.”
In addition to JMG’s nomination, leaders from Georgia Canines for Independence, Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute and United Way of Greater Portland submitted letters in support for this award, praising the time, talents, and support of Unum’s employees for making a difference in communities across the country and in the UK and Ireland.
Last year Unum employees contributed almost $3 million dollars to community causes they are most passionate about. They also spent 88,000 hours of time tutoring school children, working with the Boys & Girls Club, supporting kids with disabilities, raising money for cancer research and much more.