• Employee Commitment

    Taking an active role in the community

  • First Niagara teammates give generously of their time and talent because they care about the health and vitality of our communities. Whether they’re mentoring a young student, teaching financial literacy or just lending a hand for a good cause, our 6,000+ employees give thousands of volunteer hours through service to hundreds of nonprofit partners across our footprint.

    First Niagara's Employee Volunteer Committees (EVCs) encourage employees to volunteer at a variety of not-for-profit organizations. The EVC not only helps raise money and awareness for charities, it also unifies employees around the importance of giving back.

    If you are looking for volunteer support for your organization, please contact us.

    Highlights

    The following is just a sample of the many First Niagara employee efforts.

  • [Image] WNY Volunteerism

    Western NY

    Talk about unparalleled teamwork! First Niagara volunteers embarked on the ancient sport of Dragon Boat racing, all for a great cause. The First Niagara “Fearsome Flyers” placed second in their heat and joined thirty other corporate and community groups from Western New York, other states and international locales to compete in the first annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival.

    Event proceeds benefit, “Luminina,” operating as Hope Chest, a WNY not-for-profit agency that provides free exercise classes, emotional support and paddling training for breast cancer survivors.

  • [Image] RNY Volunteerism

    Rochester NY

    First Niagara’s Rochester region fielded an impressive team of 38 members at the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The team raised nearly $2,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease through breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
  • [Image] CNY Volunteerism

    Central NY

    First Niagara is a longtime supporter of one of Central New York’s favorite summer festivals –TomatoFest, a fun-filled weekend event in Auburn that attracts 12,000 visitors per year, raising money and collecting canned goods to supply area food pantries. Each September First Niagara teammates staff the fried green tomato booth, preparing and serving thousands of their specialty to enthusiastic festivalgoers. Proceeds from TomatoFest enable local food pantries to provide more than 10,000 meals yearly to Cayuga County residents.
  • [Image] ENY Volunteerism

    Eastern NY

    First Niagara teammates in the Eastern New York area volunteered at the 43rd Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner. The Equinox dinner began in 1969, serving its first Thanksgiving Dinner to 200 people. Today, this event serves and delivers dinner to more than 9,000 homebound or homeless people in the Greater Capital Region. This feat is accomplished through the generosity, hard work and dedication of local people and businesses.
  • [Image] NE Volunteerism

    New England

    First Niagara teammates from the Greater Manchester area helped one of their very own customers with a major home improvement effort this spring through participation in the Rebuilding Together project. This national "neighborhood helping neighbor" organization brings communities together to assist those in need of general home repair, with priority given to low- to moderate-income families, elderly or disabled individuals. The First Niagara teamwork was met with a fitting reward — the smile on the homeowner’s face when the house was completed.
  • [Image] Overview TRI Volunteerism

    Tri-State

    In Hudson Valley, the annual Rockland Day of Caring matched First Niagara volunteers with Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for aging Rockland County residents. More than a dozen First Niagara teammates participated in this special day, contributing to the important work of the organization, which is passionately advanced by hundreds of dedicated volunteers throughout Rockland County.
  • [Image] Overview WPA Volunteerism

    Western PA

    First Niagara hosted an Aloha Summer Luau for patients and their families at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The hospital’s atrium was transformed into a Hawaiian luau featuring a tiki hut and showcasing colorful decorations and backdrops. Patients had the opportunity to listen to music, dance, and take part in luau-themed crafts. Other activities included a large one-of-a-kind sand table for interactive play and family photo opportunities. A group of 14 teammates from Pittsburgh volunteered to help with various activities throughout the evening.
  • [Image] EPA Volunteerism

    Eastern PA

    First Niagara is a partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania in its Beyond School Walls project.  A successful mentoring program between First Niagara employees and elementary students from a neighboring school, the program provides 25 active employee-student “matches,” further empowering children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships.
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