We believe great things happen when we Live United. Our partners not only financially support our work in Education, Economic Prosperity and Health, they also embody the spirit of giving back through volunteerism.
EY is one such stellar partner. In 2016, the Detroit office staff volunteered 3,050 hours of service and marked its sixth year partnering with us via national EY Connect Day – a company-wide initiative that steers volunteerism across the country. This year, 31 people led 14 projects for a total of 338 volunteers and almost 1,200 hours of volunteer time for a total impact of $28,949.
“Working with EY is energizing. They have a passion for making our community a better place for everyone,” said Katie Costello, Corporate Relations Director for EY at United Way. “Not only do employees give their dollars to support our programs, they also give their time through volunteerism in the community and through United Way’s affinity groups, like Emerging Philanthropists.”
Camille Song, an EY tax staff employee, said volunteering gives her the opportunity to give back to society.
“People are out there struggling just to get through the day without starving. I just want to do something to help them and make their days a little bit better. I know what I can do might be limited, but I believe as long as I stay active and willing to contribute, there will be someone benefiting from it.”
Volunteers like Camille and corporate partners like EY can use our new online volunteer portal to discover new ways to give back as individuals or as teams. Individual volunteers can create a profile that matches their skills to their interests and get matches send directly to their inboxes.
Alicia Selig is an EY Senior in Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services. “I love that the portal is user friendly, easy to understand and allows individuals to follow and favorite organizations to make sure they don’t miss out on opportunities where they can help,” she said.
Alicia and her colleague Lovisa Benbow co-chair the EY IMPACT Council. The Council works to engage EY employees in the Southeastern Michigan community by taking them on Learn United Tours and connecting them to volunteer opportunities.
Recently, EY hosted its first semi-annual volunteer fair highlighting its Detroit office’s commitment to community engagement. During the event, dozens of people signed up with us and our partner organizations. The Impact Council also launched a corporate strategy called VIBE (Volunteers Inspired to Benefit Everyone), which helps employees build their philanthropic careers through consistent volunteerism, and engagement.
EY is committed to helping build a stronger Detroit through its corporate social responsibility efforts — the three E’s — growing the positive effects of entrepreneurship, education and equity. Where we are proud to partner with them and achieve their philanthropic goals.