I sent this article to the American Banker's Association "Proud To Be A Banker" program today because I mean it.
I think Monroe Bank & Trust located in Monroe, Michigan is one of the nation’s finest examples of what banking – and, for that matter, corporate citizenship in general – should be. I’m proud to be part of this organization because of the people who work here – from the tellers on the front lines to the executive management team to the custodial staff – because they give real meaning to the concept of “community” - 365 days a year!
Over 80% of MBT’s 350 employees are members of our employee volunteer program called ENLIST (Employees Now Linked in Service Together). Started in 1984, MBT’s ENLIST members donate personal time to churches, schools, non-profits and other community based organizations, providing help with projects that range from serving dinners for senior citizens to managing fundraising events such as auctions.
The results of the ENLIST program are truly impressive. Statistics include the following:
· ENLIST volunteers serve 365 days each and every year
· Over 200 organizations are supported each year
· Since 1984, 154,177 man hours have been donated
· That’s an average of 5,930 man hours annually
· In 2005, ENLIST reached 100,000 man hours
· In May, 2010, ENLIST reached 150,000 man hours
· In the past 5 years, ENLIST averaged 10,000 man hours annually
· ENLIST currently has 296 members out of 350 employees (84.5%)
· Since 2002, ENLIST has also led a yearlong, bank-wide fundraiser to benefit a charitable organization selected by the ENLIST Board of Directors. $61,163 has been awarded to date (above and beyond volunteer hours, corporate contributions and sponsorships).
· In 2010 to date, 1 ENLIST member has personally accumulated 398 volunteer hours – or 16 awards - with a few days to go.
These community bankers are dedicated to helping people on very personal levels every single day of every single year. I don’t know of any company that has a track record of giving that comes anywhere near this!
So I’m proud to be a banker because of the caliber, integrity and kindness of the people I am privileged to work with every day.
Mary Jane Town
Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing
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