Dedication to Education, (D2E) Pitney Bowes’ global volunteer program, began as a pilot in our home office community in 2014 and has expanded globally each year. Employee volunteer champions design and implements high-impact team projects, with help from a comprehensive toolkit and grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation. Projects are conducted in partnership with local United Ways, Volunteer Centers, and other Foundation grantees. All activities and projects support education, a top issue for our business, our employees and people throughout our communities.
The 2018 kickoff event welcomed more than 1,200 children and adults to the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was open to the public free of charge. Partners for other events around the world included United Way Ready to Read and Day of Action programs, Junior Achievement, Boys and Girls Clubs, local schools, parent-teacher organizations, community centers, and educational nonprofits.
In the US, the program also includes Share the Message: Read!, a longtime Pitney Bowes and Pitney Bowes Foundation partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), America’s largest early literacy nonprofit. Funded by the Pitney Bowes Foundation, this program connects volunteers with elementary school children to help them experience the joy of reading. The program has proven to be a powerful motivator to engage young learners with reading and set them on a lifelong path of discovery and enrichment.
Team employee volunteer projects have numerous benefits, including enhancing engagement and morale, helping employees develop leadership skills, growing stronger teams, expanding our culture of caring and community, making a meaningful impact for those in need in our communities and helping build Pitney Bowes’ leadership and reputation in the community.
In 2018, Pitney Bowes Leadership helped identify employee volunteer Champions to lead D2E volunteer activities. Throughout the year, D2E celebrations spanned more than 94 projects in 47 Pitney Bowes sites and 9 countries. Thanks to highly engaged employee volunteer champions, outstanding nonprofit partners, and Team Project Grants from the Pitney Bowes Foundation, the program has expanded its reach and meaningful impact to more and more of our communities and become a resounding success.