The challenges faced by so many communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic drove Ameresco to focus our philanthropic efforts on recovery. Our Volunteer Ambassadors group was established in 2021 to drive employee engagement companywide. These Ambassadors span job functions, business units, and geographies and plan local volunteer initiatives. Creating this employee-centric, company-sponsored group of passionate team members successfully championed opportunities to give back throughout the year. We dedicated July and August for company-wide participation in multiple Volunteerism initiatives at Ameresco. Employees were encouraged to utilize 16 paid hours to devote to projects in their local communities. As of September 30, 2021, over 130 employees from the Ameresco team have devoted a collective 1,000+ hours to volunteerism initiatives.
The Ameresco team truly embraced our mantra of “doing well by doing good” in C.A.R.I.N.G. for our communities. We donated over 1,000 hours to organizations and causes in our local communities through 2021. Check out our video reels to see more!
Initiatives where our teams spent their volunteerism hours in 2021 include: Building playhouses for Veteran families in need through Habitat for Humanity; collecting supplies for and assembling 300+ backpacks for United Way’s Backpacks for Schools; participating in local park, public space, and river clean ups; organizing and delivering meals at food pantries; educating and inspiring youth to plant and care for vegetable gardens with the Boys & Girls Club; supporting local organic food-rescue farms; educating our next generation through STEAM learning opportunities, featuring the Ameresco learning solar wagon.
Employees are also encouraged to support meaningful personal causes, and Ameresco committed to matching their donations to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Through September 30, 2021, Ameresco donated over $75,000 to over 60 organizations.