Transforming its annual employee meeting into a first-of-its-kind outdoor volunteer effort, employees from First American Equipment Finance participated May 14 in a day of volunteering that extended from Rochester all the way to California and captured the impact colleagues can make when they work together for a cause.
“Impact Day,” which followed a virtual townhall session led by First American CEO Alan Sikora, brought together more than 230 colleagues who spent the day volunteering at 19 organizations across 26 Rochester-area locations. Seven additional remote employees also participated from New York City and California. Volunteers arrived at their locations with tools and donations in-hand to tackle yardwork, painting, sorting and building projects. In total, First American donated more than $5,000 in in-kind materials to organizations on Impact Day.
“First American employees wholeheartedly believe in supporting their communities,” said Sikora. “I can’t think of a better way for us to safely ‘reconnect’ in person than volunteering outside and being purposeful with our time. When we come together like this as a company, we can make a significant impact in the community.”
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Local Organizations Supported Through Impact Day Include:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester
- Cameron Community Ministries
- CP Rochester
- Footprints of the Heart
- Gilda’s Club Rochester
- House of Mercy Rochester
- The Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Meals On Wheels
- Open Door Mission
- Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf
- Rochester Animal Services
- Rochester General Hospital
- Rochester Public Library – Sully Branch
- Spencerport Canal Path
- The Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery
- Town of Irondequoit Public Works
Impact Day is one of several philanthropic events First American has planned for 2021. Employees receive 16 hours of paid Volunteer Time Off each year in support of community causes. In 2020, colleagues supported over 75 non-profits through donations, fundraisers and volunteer events. In 2019, First American was named Outstanding Corporation on National Philanthropy Day by the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Genesee Valley Chapter.