Trustmark in the Community
Each year, Trustmark pledges a percentage of pre-tax earnings to support our local communities. Trustmark’s unique, two-level service commitment involves associates working as individuals and together with the company to give back to the community and improve the quality of life for all.
Volunteering at the local level
Associates throughout the country volunteer their time to support local charities of their choosing.
In Dallas, associates labelled 2017 as “the year of giving” and spent time painting the Children’s Wing at The Family Place, organizing a School Supply Drive for a local Boys and Girls Club, wrapping Beanie Babies for the Children’s Hunger Fund, and collecting donations for the VA North Texas Health Care System.
Associates in several regional offices volunteered to make “no sew” baby blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of handmade blankets and afghans.
As the first activity of its new Associate Volunteer Program, Charlotte employees helped Bright Blessings by creating care packages for new mothers, assembling crayon kits for children, organizing books and making bookmarks, and creating brightly colored “Happy Birthday” bags for the mothers of children in the program.
A group of associates in Lancaster pulled a plane, weighing roughly 30,000 pounds, a distance of 15 feet to raise funds for the United Way of the Capital Region.
At the Lake Forest, Ill., headquarters, associates participate in a Giving Tree with Lake County Cares to help provide Christmas gifts for needy families in Lake County. Lake Forest employees also created a mock Kentucky Derby race to raise money for the Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program, which offers therapeutic horseback riding services to children with special needs in northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.
The Trustmark Foundation
The Trustmark Foundation, established in 1984, actively supports associate volunteerism through program donations and volunteer grants. In 2017, the Foundation distributed nearly $1 million in cash and gifts-in-kind. Foundation grants and programs directly support the United Way, community health, safety, education, and urban and cultural enrichment.
More than 50 Lake Forest associates, including members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), volunteered their time during three United Way Days of Caring in 2016. Associates sorted book donations at Bernie’s Book Bank, packed food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank and refreshed an Early Learning Trail at the Robert W. Rolek Community Center.
A portion of the funds is earmarked to support local charitable organizations that have a meaningful impact on the communities near the company’s larger branch offices. Recipient organizations are selected by the associates in each branch office.
Trustmark Companies associates who volunteer for a qualified tax-exempt organization are encouraged to apply for a Trustmark Foundation Volunteer Grant to help support the organization with its ongoing needs.