As the region’s largest, locally-headquartered community bank, we encourage and support our employees to volunteer and take on leadership roles at local nonprofits. Throughout the year you will find our employees attending charitable events; raising money for important causes that impact the people we serve; building homes for low-income individuals; and educating children and adults on vital financial literacy topics.
In 2017, we donated more than 45,000 meals to our neighbors in need, supported nearly 300 nonprofit organizations, and trained more than 25,000 high school students in financial literacy. Because our employees live and work right here in the region that we serve, we are uniquely positioned to be active and visible members of our communities.
With the help of our more than 900 employees, we give back to our community all year long, supporting groups such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Rebuilding Together and nearly 300 other non-profits across our footprint. Our philanthropic focus is affordable housing, health and wellness and financial literacy and education.
Sandy Spring Bank started as a community bank 150 years ago, and we have a long-standing record of giving back to the communities we serve. To build on this commitment, and to mark the bank’s 150th anniversary, all Sandy Spring Bank employees have been challenged to volunteer 50 hours in 2018, with a collective goal of 50,000 volunteer hours. To achieve this, the bank will sponsor events throughout the year and work to engage all employees in giving back to our communities.
At Sandy Spring Bank, we know that our employees play a central role in advancing our commitment to our communities. We also know that outside of the bank, many of our employees are personally involved in other nonprofits and community groups. To further encourage our employees to pursue their passion in the community, and show our appreciation, we created the Dollars for Doers program. If an employee volunteers at least 50 hours annually, the bank will make a donation to that nonprofit in recognition of our employee’s service.
Another simple way that we empower our employees is through “Casual for a Cause.” Launched in 2016, this program gives employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work for a day in exchange for a voluntary donation to a charity in our community. In the first year, employees donated over $30,000 to area nonprofits. Additionally, all of the benefiting organizations were selected by an employee-led group. Because of the great enthusiasm and broad participation, the program continues to thrive.
To learn more about our commitment to community, please follow Sandy Spring Bank on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn — and check out the Sandy Spring Bank blog! Also, learn more about the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation.