Fifth Third Bank’s Corporate Services Community Involvement Team (CIT) was created several years ago to strengthen employee engagement while giving back to the community. The CIT represents one of the many community services teams at the Bank engaging in worthwhile community activities. The CIT’s primary responsibility is to identify and coordinate quarterly employee engagement service activities for Compliance Risk Management (CRM), Legal and Government Relations staff that improve the well-being of underserved consumers and communities within our region.
Each quarter the Community Involvement Team (CIT) solicits suggestions from team members on potential partnering organizations focused on targeted populations (our 3rd Quarter target population was LMI students). Since team member Sue Schofield personally has volunteered in the past for GoettaFest, Mt Adams Events, and attended the Chili Cook-off and the Yellow Bus Ball and has been a strong supporter of the work of Faces without Places she was thrilled to present the FwP partnering opportunity to the team.
The Corporate Service Community Involvement Team in partnership with a few other areas of the Bank hosted a robust Backpack and Supply Drive in early August prior to the beginning of the school year. Over 120 backpacks and 15 boxes of school and personal-hygiene supplies were collected during this 10 day effort.
Employees were determined and committed to making sure that children experiencing homelessness had the necessary supplies to help them succeed in school. Many made heartfelt donations of several items while other made financial donations. Volunteer personal shoppers used the money collected to purchase additional supplies. It really was a team effort.