By Lindsey Wedel, Vice President Human Resources, Core Bank
During my time in HR at Core Bank, I’ve done A LOT of interviews. In just about every one of those interviews, candidates ask me what I like most about working at Core Bank. And even though I’ve been asked hundreds of times, I love this question! It’s my opportunity to share the unique benefits of working for a growing, innovative company.
My work at Core is challenging and rewarding, my ideas are heard, my co-workers are fun, my boss is a fantastic coach, AND Core Bank makes a priority of giving back! Whether it’s joining our Polar Plunge team to raise funds for Special Olympics Nebraska or mentoring students through Partnership 4 Kids, Core Bank employees are eager to get involved with the community.
Core Bank provides many opportunities like these, but we know employees are passionate about other causes, as well. So, we’ve come up with a couple of unique ways to help employees support those local organizations and causes that are so deserving of our dollars and time.
Core Bank Cares
Core Bank Cares began in 2017 and was such a hit, we’ve continued to offer it ever since. The idea behind it is simple – give each employee $100 to use for charitable giving. Employees can donate those dollars to a local non-profit, use them for random acts of kindness, or pool their dollars with other employees to support a cause on a larger scale.
Our employees have done so many wonderful things with their Core Bank Cares donations! Just a few examples include:
- Performing 21 random acts of kindness in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day
- Purchasing groceries for the person in line behind them at the grocery store
- Pooling donations for Nebraska flood relief
- Purchasing Christmas gifts for families in need
- Paid outstanding balances in school lunch accounts
- Supporting the Nebraska Humane Society
Through our Core Bank Cares program alone, we have donated more than $20,000 to our community!
Volunteering Time Off
We know money helps, but time is also a valuable resource. Because of this, Core Bank recently rolled out a new benefit – Volunteering Time Off (VTO). Upon hire and each year of the program, every employee is given VTO, paid time away from the bank during the workday to give of their time to any number of local causes. We’re excited to see how Core Bank employees use their VTO! I know I’m already trying to decide if I want to spend a day helping our four-legged friends at the local animal shelter or spend some time helping to prepare and serve a meal at the Open Door Mission.
There are so many wonderful opportunities in our community, it’s tough to decide how to give, but it’s a decision I’m looking forward to making!