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Global Volunteerism

In October 2023, Northern Trust employees performed a record-setting nearly 53,000 hours of service for more than 1,700 organizations in 20 countries, showing our deep commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work.

Northern Trust employees are encouraged to use their time and talent to support charitable organizations year-round, but in October the company provides a wide variety of planned events for teams to work together, while also allowing employees to do charitable work of their own choosing. Staff from Northern Trust locations around the world participated in events like painting a shelter in India, beach clean-ups in Australia, caring for shelter dogs throughout the U.S. and delivering food to the elderly in the U.K. The company provides each employee two paid days to do this work, and further donations of 50 meals to those in need for every hour employees volunteer in October through The Global FoodBanking Network, European Food Banks Federation and Feeding America. This year, thanks to the generosity of employees, Northern Trust contributed more than 2.6 million meals.

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Hands on Manila is the leading non-profit organization working to promote volunteerism in the Philippines, and the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. Northern Trust employees participated in their 2023 Servathon, a volunteer event aimed at fighting child malnutrition in the local community. Approximately 120 employees helped plant Chinese malunggay plants to provide nutrients for new mothers, and packed meals with Rise Against Hunger to be distributed to food insecure mothers and their infants.

“Participating in the Servathon was a memorable event for me,” said Jeffrey Tabbada, a Northern Trust senior consultant. “Hands on Manila puts everyone right to work, and volunteers make the most of their time and spend every minute working together to support the community.” 

UMOM provides shelter, housing and services for people experiencing homelessness in Arizona, serving nearly 700 individuals every night. UMOM believes that every human being, no matter their status, deserves dignity, respect and a home, and they spend every day working to make that vision a reality. Employees from Northern Trust’s Phoenix and Tempe offices volunteered with UMOM several times in 2023, collecting supplies for and creating hygiene kits and snack packs to support those experiencing homelessness in the Valley.

“UMOM’s mission of ending housing insecurity and the way the organization goes about helping those in need is so compassionate,” Ladonna Corn, a Northern Trust project manager, said. "Volunteering iwth UMOM has had a valuable impact on my life."

Established in 1984 as Guernsey’s Rural Occupational Workshop, GROW provides sheltered occupation for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. The organization aims to support clients to develop self-confidence and life skills, enabling them to be included and valued within the workplace and the community. Northern Trust employees in our Guernsey office have been volunteering with GROW for 10 years, assisting with day-to-day tasks in their greenhouses and workshop.

“I had a great time helping GROW move from their temporary premises to their newly built site last year. It was sunny, the greenhouses were hot and spirits were high,” said Ben Merrien, a Northern Trust Global Fund Service relationship manager. “GROW supports Guernsey people with a range of personal challenges—some more outward facing and some less obvious. GROW has helped some of my family who struggle with severe anxiety to integrate into society, and it was great to meet some of the team who support our community.