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BNY Mellon Contributes More Than $3 Million And 3,000 Hours Of Volunteer Service To Boston-area Nonprofits During 2012

BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, and its employees donated more than $3 million and 3,000 hours of volunteer service to Boston-area nonprofits during 2012.

With BNY Mellon's support, its community partners continued to drive positive change in 2012 and helped their populations stay connected to critical programs and services – from providing coats to children who need them and computer and office skills training for job-seekers, to providing career development programs and nutritious meals for low-income and vulnerable women.

BNY Mellon's philanthropic focus on Powering Potential helps people in need by concentrating on basic needs and workforce development opportunities.  Through the program, BNY Mellon supports programs and initiatives that make local communities better places to live and work, particularly by targeting organizations that provide food, clothing, energy and housing assistance to those who need immediate help, and improve access to employment through job training and skills development.

"We are focused on building strong, lasting community partnerships, and our charitable giving program reflects our brand of philanthropy," said Joanne Jaxtimer, Regional Executive of New England for BNY Mellon.  "We are committed to identifying good partners and providing them with the financial and technical investment they need to move forward with their work and meet their organizational goals."

For 2012, grants focused on workforce development and basic needs included the following:

  • Operation Warm - $50,000 in support of the "Boston Coat Program," which will provide 2,500 winter coats to children from low-income households.
  • Crittenton Women's Union - $40,000 in support of the "Woman to Woman" program, a career development and mentoring program that provides professional development, computer skills and job readiness training to low-income women.
  • Operation A.B.L.E. - $20,000 in support of the "Skills2Work" program, which provides computer and office skills training with wrap-around support services to job-seekers ages 45 and older.
  • Women's Lunch Place - $35,000 in support of the "Meals Program," which provides daily meals to 700 of Boston's most vulnerable women annually.

In addition to these local contributions, BNY Mellon and its employees around the globe donated more than $33 million and volunteered more than 50,000 hours in 2012.

In 2012, the company continued its support of its Powering Potential Pathways Program, a $6 million, five-year global workforce development initiative to assist vulnerable youth making the transition into adulthood.  In addition to providing grants to its Pathways partners and holding local workshops on financial literacy and resume writing and interviewing, the company hosted a thought leadership summit to explore the challenges of youth aging out of foster care and determine best practices for enabling educational advancement and employment opportunities.  For more information about the Pathways Program, visit www.bnymellon.com/pathways.

BNY Mellon also remained committed to quickly helping those in need.  In response to Hurricane Sandy, it donated $1 million to organizations supporting the relief efforts, which included the American Red Cross, a supported charity in the company's Disaster Relief Matched Giving program.  In addition, BNY Mellon launched several programs to help victims of the storm.  Its Neighbor-to-Neighbor volunteer program supports employees who are helping their neighbors with storm damage and matches employees' time for the work they are doing with contributions to the American Red Cross.  To help its employees who have been most severely impacted by this disaster, BNY Mellon also established a fund that covers their expenses that are not covered by FEMA or insurance.  In addition, the company created a separate program to provide immediate cash grants to employees in instances of immediate and extreme hardship.

Helping veterans and their families also remained a priority for BNY Mellon and its employees in 2012.  "Boots to Business," the company's commitment to support returning military personnel, is a multifaceted initiative that connects returning military to job opportunities and supports military advocacy and community agencies.  In addition to awarding grants to support employment and training programs for returning servicemen and women, BNY Mellon hosted several job fairs for veterans  and its employees volunteered in a wide range of activities to support veterans, active duty military members and their families.

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