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Nov 20, 2019

Giving Back to the Local Community with Our Paid Volunteer Time Benefit

One thing we’re proud of at NYCM Insurance is our culture. We believe in work-life balance, in succeeding as a team and embracing community. We’re proud of how far we’ve come in the last 120 years and we know that we couldn’t have done it without the support of our communities across New York State. From our humble roots in Edmeston, NY to our branch offices in Sherburne, Orchard Park and Canajoharie, we attribute our success to the hard work of our employees and the support of our agents, customers and community members.

To give back to the communities that have done so much to support us and help us grow, we encourage our employees to volunteer and make a difference through our paid volunteer time benefit. While we’re happy to offer our employees a wide range of unique benefits this is one we’re particularly fond of.

Upon hire, all employees are given 16 hours of paid volunteer time. We encourage our employees to spend this time volunteering for the organizations they are most passionate about; supporting the causes that spark a fire within them. Whether it’s picking up litter on Earth Day or working alongside our Brand Management Team at one of our corporately-sponsored events the possibilities are truly endless.

Through these endless possibilities, we’re proud to announce that in 2019 our employees volunteered over 1,000 hours to community groups and nonprofit organizations. To celebrate, we interviewed some of our team members about their volunteer experiences.

Paige Ingham has been with NYCM Insurance for 19 years and has volunteered at several events this year in the local community including the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Utica, NY and a Halloween-themed event, Trunk or Treat, at local Unadilla Valley Central School.

“I really enjoy volunteering,” Paige explained. “It makes me happy to help people and make them smile.”

Another active employee volunteer is Administrative Assistant, Kathryn Korcz. Kathryn has been an NYCM employee for two years and has enjoyed spending her volunteer time participating in a local roadside trash cleanup in honor of Earth Day, assisting in a food distribution program for United Way, and helping our neighbors at Pathfinder Village – a community with individuals living with Down Syndrome - decorate a community haunted house for Halloween

Kathryn has also picked up food from a local food bank and delivered it to a local school for their Backpack Program, and most recently signed up to help deliver pizzas to the Department of Transportation as a gesture of thanks.

“One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is your time. Aside from the enjoyment of helping others, I feel a strong morale boost volunteering as an NYCM Insurance employee. There is a sense of pride connected to volunteering as a representative of NYCM. By encouraging us to use our volunteer hours however we wish, and providing suggestions of upcoming ways to volunteer, it is apparent that NYCM Insurance embraces a culture of caring.”

New to living in Central New York, Kathryn also uses her volunteer time as a way to become better acquainted with the area.

“Volunteering has helped me strengthen and build authentic relationships with my co-workers and the community.”

To read more about our unique employee benefits, click here.