25th Annual "Neighbors Make the Difference Day" Brings 6,000+ KeyBank Volunteers to 700 Organizations in 13 States

May 11, 2015 9:30 AM ET
More than 6,000 KeyBank employees will volunteer in their communities on the bank's 25th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day, May 13, 2015

CLEVELAND, May 11, 2015 /3BL Media /– On May 13, more than 6,000 KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) employees will participate in the bank’s 25th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day, a day of volunteerism supported by paid time off. Employees will spend the afternoon volunteering for more than 700 service projects in 13 states across the nation, from Maine to Alaska.

Key aims for a 50 percent participation rate among employees on Neighbors Day, while the rest of employees remain at the bank to support clients. Key expects the total number of volunteer hours to total 24,000. Two-thirds of the bank’s branches will close at noon on May 13 to accommodate employee volunteers, and those branches’ customers will have access to ATMs, as well as online and mobile banking.  

Neighbors Make the Difference Day began in 1991, when a group of Alaska employees volunteered for service projects and gave the day its title. By 1993, the idea had swept across many of the communities Key serves and became an official day of employee volunteerism.  It is now the hallmark of Key’s commitment to its communities and a leading corporate volunteerism effort in America.

“On Neighbors Make the Difference Day, we come together to thank our neighbors for the good work they do every day,” said KeyBank Foundation CEO Margot Copeland.  “We partner closely with nonprofits to transform our communities, and our employees add to the momentum through volunteerism and personal philanthropy, in countless meaningful ways.  Neighbors Day is a powerful demonstration of our employees’ heartfelt commitment to community.”

Key’s Market President in Alaska, Brian Nerland, has been with Key 30 years and was part of the first Neighbors Day.  He has been proud to continue the community service program since becoming Market President in 2002.

“My personal Neighbors Day tradition is to visit every volunteer project we have in Anchorage, and bring treats to the single branch that remains open to provide customer service,” said Nerland. “To witness the day go from a small effort in Alaska to one of best examples of corporate volunteerism in America, has been a source of pride.” 

KeyBank has been nationally recognized for improving the quality of life in its communities. The Civic 50 identifies the top 50 S&P 500 corporations in the U.S. in terms of time, talent and resources used to improve the quality of life in their communities. Key was named to The Civic 50 in 2013 and 2014, as one of America’s fifty most community-minded companies, by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light.

To participate in the social media conversation on May 13, follow #NeighborsDay25, @KeyBank on Twitter, and KeyBank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keybank.

For more information about KeyBank’s commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, visit www.key.com/philanthropy, or learn more about Key’s culture of service from KeyBank Foundation CEO Margot Copeland, on forbes.com.

About Key:
KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.  One of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $94.2 billion at March 31, 2014.

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association.  Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.  For more information, visit https://www.key.com/.  KeyBank is Member FDIC.


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