Member Spotlight

For our April event, we asked Mike Newhall, VP of Business & Community Development, to discuss how Sentinel's corporate philanthropy has evolved over the past few years. And, specifically, how does their workplace giving philosophy contribute to employee engagement across the organization.

First, Mike relayed how giving is a priority at Sentinel. The organization runs SentinelCares, an initiative to "engage one another to do good things for others...everyday."  Mike elaborates, "Our community involvement is at the center of our culture and values. We have a vision for our company to be difference makers for those we serve, and it is a passion shared by everyone at Sentinel."

As a specific example, Mike described a recent fundraiser. In support of Sentinel's partnership with Boston Children's Hospital and their Corporate Cup fundraiser, Sentinel decided to host a Pi(e)-in-the-face-Day. Employees engaged in a friendly competition for which partner they wanted to see get swallowed by a whipped cream pie, by donating money towards the partner of their choice.  The result: a fun-filled experience with partner Robert DiMase being the lucky one to get a pie in the face. The entire experience was fun for the employees while doing good raising money for a great cause, and maybe best of all - the video lives on for the continued enjoyment of all!

Another showcase of Sentinel’s giving that engages employees is their grant program. Sentinel donates annually to a variety of charities and 
organizations. With the grant program in place, employees now have access to a portion of the funds that Sentinel donates. Employees apply for a grant of $1,000 for a charity of their choice, the requirement being that the employee must be meaningfully involved with the charity either through board membership or regular volunteering efforts.  Last year, grants were funded resulting in $5,000 going to charities that Sentinel employees truly cared about in a personal way.

Sentinel certainly sets the bar high for their commitment to giving and incorporating their employees i
nto the decisions about how and where to direct charitable funds.

Former Spotlight: Sustainability

In February, our event focused on what we can do as individuals and as organizations regarding climate change. We featured Eastern Bank during the event, and they provided an overview of what their organization is doing.  

“Eastern has always been environmentally conscious,” says Tom Dunn, Eastern Bank’s director of general services. “When we’ve undertaken capital projects, we’ve always tried to do them responsibly.” 

Beyond capital projects, Eastern focuses on practical steps they can take at their own facilities and branches. Examples of initiatives Eastern pursues are:

  • Committing $10 Million Dollars to Finance the development of Solar Projects in Massachusetts
  • Participate in the Commonwealth's HEAT Program that provides loans for residential energy efficiency projects
  • Eastern utilizes 100% renewable energy through SRECs
  • Installed Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at their largest facility to invent the use of Electric Vehicles 
  • Circulate over 55% of their customer statements electronically
  • Installing energy efficient LED fixtures and controls
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Aerators for faucets to save water and heating costs
  • Energy efficient refrigerators
  • Green office supplies including 30% of all paper is recycled

Many more projects are underway as Eastern continues to be a leader in sustainable business practices. Well done, Eastern on all your efforts!

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