Did you know that for more than 20 years, Trustmark has been partnering with the United Way? Trustmark is an organization that cares about the wellbeing of those we serve, and the United Way is an extension of that mission, helping those across the country who are in need of additional help. Each year, in late summer/early fall, we hold our annual campaign week raising funds that go to the United Way chapters locally, or specific organizations that are designated by our employees. Each of our offices receives material highlighting local charities that are involved with the United Way, helping to educate our employees on how the money is spent and the postive difference it makes for people in the community.
Trustmark’s mission is to help people increase wellbeing through better health and greater financial security. By joining forces with the United Way and encouraging employees to donate through each paycheck throughout the year, we have shown that this mission goes deeper than just our customers. It is part of our DNA, our culture, and this campaign week is an ongoing reminder of the benefits we provide each day throughout the year.
Our employees show their commitment to this cause while having fun partcipating in many of our events during this weeklong campaign.
-The United Way Steering Committee
A message from Joe Pray, President and Chief Executive Officer
Why do I support the United Way? Because their mission aligns with my personal values of Family, Health and Courage, and because I believe strongly in community service and paying it forward.
From a personal standpoint, I grew up in a single-parent household, so I know the importance of early childhood education and family stability. For a child to have a safe, stable environment at home and to be able to focus on school has lasting, positive results. For me, those things hit home – educational programs, getting kids off to a good start, keeping kids in school and programs that support families. Those things change kids’ lives for the better and pay off many times for the community over the years.
And, it’s clear from serving on the United Way of Lake County Board for nearly six years, that they know well the many needs of our community and which charities actually deliver the greatest value — so I don’t have to.
Trustmark's United Way Campaign Kicks Off with a Bakeoff for Charity
Trustmark’s 2018 United Way campaign kicked off on Monday, September 11 with the first annual United Way Baking Challenge. Tasters donated $5 to taste and vote on sweet treats baked by associates in the Lake Forest office to raise money for charity.
The bakeoff entrants competed in two categories: Angel Bakers, associates who served up healthy treats “you can feel good about,” and Devil Bakers, associates who served up “sinful, decadent treats that have nothing healthy about them.”
About 26 associates entered the competition and 161 participants stopped by to taste and vote on their favorites. The winner in each category was the one that received the most money.
In the Devil Bakers category, two treats tied for the win: a banana cake and a pumpkin spice cake, baked by associates Wendy Warren and Ashley Wasser, respectively. The Angel Baker winner’s treat were peanut butter protein balls, submitted by Pam Handmaker.
Proceeds from the bakeoff will go to the winners’ designated charities – The American Red Cross Hurricane Relief, Orphans of the Storm, and Share Our Spare.
Leftover treats were donated to the Libertyville, Deerfield and Mundelein fire stations, in remembrance of 9/11.
CoreSource Associates Show Children They Care By Donating Their Time and Money to Local Service Organization
Associates in the CoreSource office in Overland Park, Kan., recently held a Day of Caring at Operation Breakthrough, one of the largest single-site early education and social services facilities in Kansas City, Mo. Operation Breakthrough serves about 400 children daily.
Ten associates cleaned and disinfected the children’s cots on which they napped daily and organized their school supplies. In addition, they presented Operation Breakthrough with a donation through the 2017 Trustmark Foundation Employees’ Choice Giving Program, which is part of the company’s branch office giving program to support local charitable organizations that are meaningful to employees in the larger branch offices companywide.
As part of their Day of Caring activities, the employees got a chance to tour the facility and see firsthand the positive difference the organization is making the lives of children.
“While volunteering is important to me, it’s very easy to get swept up in the general business of life and not find the time to actually make it happen,” said Holly Dalton, Claims Manager. “Having the chance to give back during my normal work day eliminated the busy factor. I was truly moved and grateful for the opportunity to give back to Operation Breakthrough. And I’ve reached out to their volunteer coordinator in hopes of giving my personal time more regularly.”
Another volunteer, Customer Service Representative Georgann Ostrander, said the experience brought tears to her eyes.
“On our tour we had a group of children about 2 to 3 years-old coming out of their classroom to go outside. They came directly to all of us, and started hugging our legs,” said Ostrander. “Kids have unconditional love. All they want is love and stabilization, and you can see this facility gives them just that and more. I was the blessed one today to have these moments I will cherish forever.”
The Overland Park office has supported Operation Breakthrough since 2013 through associate involvement and program donations through Trustmark’s Employees’ Choice program.
Trustmark Carnival Games Raise Money to Provide Books for At-Risk Children
Associates at Trustmark in Lake Forest took on some old fashioned carnival games for a chance to win prizes while helping out a good cause. The event raised money for Bernie’s Book Bank, which collects, processes and redistributes new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout the Chicago area.
Employees visited the games during lunchtime armed with a free ticket to play, and could buy additional tickets for $1 each, with proceeds benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank. Under the enthusiastic cheers of employees who volunteered as carnival barkers, participants tried their hand at a floating duck game, a ball toss into a glass fish bowl and a Velcro ball toss. All game winners were placed into a drawing and three winners were selected to each win an Echo Dot.
The event was part of Trustmark’s United Way campaign week. United Way of Lake County Campaign Associate Robert Szarzynski, who was on hand to share information about his organization’s mission, said he appreciates Trustmark’s creative approach to the employee giving campaign.
“I think it’s a lot of fun, lots of energy,” Szarzynski said. “It’s very creative and a lot of people seem to enjoy it.”
Charity Day at Trustmark
Trustmark associates continued their support of United Way campaign week by participating in two guessing games. Employees either used the four free game tickets they were given for the week or purchased extra ones for $1 each to play. Participants had to guess the number of Lambs Farm cookies in a tin or the amount of pasta in a miniature Northern Illinois Food Bank food truck.
Associate Nancy Blaski was right on the money (or cookie, in this case) with her guess of 126 Lambs Farm cookies. She won the tin of cookies and a Target gift card. And associate Shelley Sheppard had the closest guess in the Northern Illinois Food Bank pasta game. She guessed 1,334 pieces of pasta and there were 1,394 pieces in the truck. Sheppard won a beautiful picnic basket filled with yummy Italian treats.
All money collected will go to Lambs Farm and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Trustmark Associates ‘Beat’ the Enterprise Leadership Team to Raise Money for the American Red Cross
Trustmark associate Hope Chapa, not usually the greatest golfer, was thrilled when her putt went right into the hole on her first try in a friendly competition against Trustmark CIO Dan Simpson, who offered encouraging words even as Chapa beat him in the putting game.
“I feel great because I’m usually horrible at golf,” Chapa joked.
The Sept. 14 event was part of “Beat the ELT Day” during Trustmark’s United Way campaign week. Associates were given free tickets (and could buy more for $1 each) to try their hand at golf, basketball and tic tac toe against members of Trustmark’s Enterprise Leadership Team (ELT). Funds raised benefitted the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
Associates challenged CFO Phil Goss and CMO Jim Coleman to basketball, their triumph made easier by the size of the small Little Tykes hoop. Everyone who beat the ELT during the lunchtime event got a sticker to wear for bragging rights and was entered into a raffle for prizes.
Senior Vice President Alex Moral was no match for associate Nancy Blaski, who handily beat him at the tic tac toe toss game. Blaski said she enjoyed the fun competition that capped off a series of interactive events during United Way campaign week. “It’s provides one-on-one time with people,” Blaski said. “It’s a great campaign.”
Trustmark Associates Show They Care with Two Days of Service
During two recent Days of Caring for Trustmark associates in Lake Forest, 15 Trustmark employees volunteered to do light landscaping, including weeding and trimming flower beds at Lambs Farm, a non-profit organization that offers vocational, residential and recreational opportunities to disabled adults. Another group of 22 associates volunteered to pack food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
While Lambs Farm has an onsite crew of five that handles around 70 acres of property, there was plenty of work for the Trustmark employees to do.
“Lambs Farm provided all the necessary tools and we brought our own garden gloves. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed being able to volunteer in an outdoor setting,” said Trustmark associate Monica Harr. “We even had a volunteer go home and dig up plants that he was planning to remove, and he brought them back to Lambs Farm to plant in a flower bed.”
At the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Trustmark associates sorted and packed 12,575 lbs. of food, which will provide 10,479 meals to those in need. The food bank provides food to nearly 600,000 people each year in a 13-county service area through its network of 800 partner food pantries and feeding programs.