2023 Was Our Biggest Year Ever for Giving Back
January 23, 2024
At OUTFRONT our purpose is helping people, places, and business grow stronger. And that’s not just talk.
One of the ways that we walk the walk every year is through OUTgiving, an initiative that connects employee volunteers with local non-profit organizations in the communities that we serve.
Whether it’s a donation drive, a charity event, or just the day-to-day operations of an org that helps those in need, we individually and collectively appreciate the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and do what we can to make a difference.
“OUTgiving has been incredible for us as a team to be so involved in supporting our local communities,” said Chris Mallen, OUTFRONT Regional Marketing Director and point person on the program. “Our offices have taken the initiative to seek out organizations they can assist and support, with the goal of just helping to improve someone else’s life.”
All told, we logged over 650 volunteer hours during this year’s OUTgiving. Here’s some of what we did with that time:
- Atlanta: At StandUp for Kids, we put in 32 hours packing backpacks with donated school supplies.
- Boston: We donated $2,000 worth of toys, gift cards, and supplies to The Home for Little Wanderers.
- Dallas: We served 100 meals at Helping Hands, Open Hearts and spent 28 hours volunteering with our furry friends at Dallas Animal Services.
- Denver: We helped Boys and Girls Club put on its Go Bananas event, volunteering 52 hours of our time.
- Detroit: Our team spent 112 hours cleaning and gardening grow beds at Gleaners Food Zoo.
- Flint: We spent 32 hours with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan sorting and packaging food.
- Grand Rapids: We made the holidays brighter for families living in poverty by prepping and organizing with Mel Trotter and Dégagé Ministries.
- Miami: We cleaned donated shoes for distribution to schoolchildren and adults in need, volunteering 76 hours for In Jacob's Shoes.
- Nashville: We packed 1,085 meal bags for school children at Second Harvest Food Bank and worked with Cumberland River Compact to adopt a stream, devoting 60 hours to its cleanup.
- New Jersey: We donated over 120 toys to Toys for Tots.
- New York City: Our volunteers partnered with God's Love We Deliver to put in 72 hours of kitchen prep and meal packaging.
- Philadelphia: We sorted 10,000 pounds of food at Sharing Excess and also donated digital ad space throughout the year.
- Phoenix: Volunteers prepped, set up, cleaned, and distributed Thanksgiving meals with Homeward Bound, an organization dedicated to helping families find homes.
- San Diego: We sorted 11,710 pounds of food at the San Diego Food Bank.
- Tampa: Our team donated 38 pairs of brand-new shoes to Tampa Community Connect as well as 36 hours sorting, stocking, and organizing at The Spring, a thrift shop whose proceeds go towards safe spaces and empowerment to survivors of domestic violence.
“It really is amazing to see all of the different activities people have participated in to make an impact,” said Mallen. “Giving back to our local communities makes you feel proud to work for a company that cares, like OUTFRONT.”
You may have noticed a lot of feeding the hungry on this list. That’s not a coincidence. Food insecurity is one of our core pillars of purpose, chosen by our employees as one of the issues we care about most.
In addition to our OUTgiving initiative, we are proud of our year-round partnership with The Farmlink Project, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing excess farm-fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste and instead feeding families in need. In doing so they’ve delivered over 125 million meals. This holiday season, the funds we donated saved approximately 50,000 pounds of food, which equated to over 40,000 meals. We encourage you to join us in support of this incredible organization.
Author: Jay Fenster, Marketing Manager @ OUTFRONT
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