MoneyGram encourages employees to participate in their own communities by providing two paid community service days each year where employees may use paid work time to volunteer and serve their own communities.
Our Community Service Day Policy is designed to provide an opportunity for employees to engage in their local communities in causes and organizations that are important to everyone. As COVID restrictions began to lift in late 2021, our employees began re-engaging in the community, logging over 200 hours in November and December.
Red Teams are aligned regionally and focused on employee engagement activities at specific office locations. Each member of the team volunteers their time to invest in their region through planning events and focusing on enabling connections between employees. These teams are essential in moving the Social Impact strategy forward as they are encouraging volunteerism in their communities and through the MoneyGram Foundation, employee engagement, and increasing the connection to other offices around the world. In 2021, Red Teams played a vital role in maintaining connections with employees despite continued lockdowns and remote work arrangements through virtual lunches, contests, and individual outreach. Red Teams also led the planning and launch of MoneyGram's first Global Week of Service.
COVID-19 created challenges for employees who wished to volunteer with organizations in the community. There were some organizations that provided virtual opportunities but there were still significantly fewer volunteer activities happening around the globe. Once we had the opportunity to volunteer in person, MoneyGram International launched our first annual Global Week of Service, kicking off on December 5th (United Nations' International Volunteer Day). Employees were encouraged to volunteer in their community or connect with their local Red Team for opportunities within their offices.
In addition to organized Red Team activities, employees also got involved with their local schools, places of worship, community centers, hosted supply drives, and volunteered alongside family and friends.
Each year, the Global Week of Service will be a way of celebrating our communities, promoting the work of a variety of nonprofits, and coming together as a global team to make an impact.
Employees in London hosted a charity bake sale to raise money for St. John's Hospice on December 8th. They also had employees volunteer with Young Enterprise, MoneyGram Foundation Grantee, at a local school and talked with students about their future career ambitions.
Despite being hit by typhoon Rai, employees in the Philippines volunteered at Holy Infant Nursery Foundation, Inc. Donations of food supplies, vitamins, medicines, and toiletries. Toys and educational materials were also distributed.
Employees donated food and other essentials to the Bethesda Home, a school for the blind.
The team in South Africa participated in a drive and donated clothing to "CareCloset: Clothes for a Cause." The team spent some time volunteering for the event as well.
Employees in Minnesota volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank, and they packed 21,219 pounds of food in just one day!
After volunteering, employees launched a virtual donation drive for the food bank. They were able to raise enough to provide 975 meals to those facing hunger in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Employees volunteered with the North Texas Food Bank for the H-E-B Feast of Sharing Mobile Distribution. During the holiday gathering, they also hosted a diaper drive for Refugee Services of Texas.