St. Cloud banks on volunteers

October 23, 2012 by  

Employees of a national bank chain participated in a one-week volunteer blitz to improve the lives of St. Cloud citizens.

Nearly 300 volunteers from ING Direct’s corporate offices in St. Cloud painted, landscaped and worked with children in October’s One Week community involvement initiative sponsored by Capital One, which owns ING Direct.

Many companies in corporate America run volunteer employee programs by forming foundations – employee matching programs in which cash donations to charity made by employees are matched by the company – and ‘Days of Caring’ where volunteers help out in the community on company time. Banner printing at job-sites where employee volunteers are working would promote programs such as this to the community.

One of the 12 projects in the one-week event included painting the porches at The Brownstones – a housing project located on Ninth Avenue North in St. Cloud. It is a project that officials say would not have been done with ING Direct volunteer employees because it was unaffordable. The banking institution provided both the labor and paid for the required supplies.

Other groups cleaned up St. Cloud parks or worked in schools either reading to children or teaching financial literacy skills to willing young students, said Brian Myres, managing vice-president of ING Direct.

He said that Capital One and ING Direct make it a point to be responsible corporate citizens and that all employees are encouraged to give of their time and energy in the communities in which they live.