Volunteering at Grinnell Mutual

Serving our employees’ communities is an important part of developing trust and respect. All employees receive eight hours of paid volunteer time off (VTO) per year so that they can make a difference in organizations that are important to them.

Team up for tomorrow

Making a difference is more fun with other people. Our Team Up for Tomorrow Volunteer program allows employees to form teams with their coworkers to compete for the most volunteer hours.

At the end of the challenge, Grinnell Mutual and the Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation donate funds to the organizations of the winning teams’ choice, based on the total number of hours volunteered by all employees.

In 2019, employees recorded over 2,600 VTO hours to help others in need, volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics; to as far as Washington D.C. to advocate for children through Save the Children Action Network.

The winning team, “Oatmeal Boys,” volunteered over 100 hours of their VTO between their 10 members. They chose to donate their earnings and GMG Foundation match of $5,300 to Camp Quaker Heights in Eldora, Iowa.

The second place winner, Mutual Support, volunteered on average 8.6 hours per member and donated their total earning of $4,000 to ChildServe. And in third place, New Sharon #1, volunteered an average of 8.5 hours per member, resulting in a $2,700 donation to the Capri Theater in New Sharon.

President and CEO Jeff Menary said what he loves about this challenge is that it represents the people that work at Grinnell Mutual.

“The foundation of any great organization is built by outstanding employees. The Team Up for Tomorrow challenge is a wonderful example of our outstanding staff and how caring they are. They care about the company, they care about our customers, they care about their coworkers, and they care about their communities.

Day of caring

In addition to volunteer time off, Grinnell Mutual hosts a Day of Caring annually, allowing employees to volunteer up to eight hours without having to use their VTO or other paid time off.

At our 2019 Day of Caring, more than 275 employees spent 680 hours volunteering at places like Meals from the Heartland, Rock Creek State Park, Jasper County Animal Shelter, Newton Arboretum, and Central Iowa Shelter.

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