BNY Mellon Receives Corporate Citizenship Award
November 08, 2016
The New York Foundling, a New York-based charity supporting underserved children and families, recently honored BNY Mellon with its Corporate Citizenship Award. Karen Peetz, President, accepted the award for the company.
BNY Mellon has supported The Foundling since 2009 through employee volunteerism and as Presidents and members of the Junior Board. Annually, a group of BNY Mellon employees volunteers at Camp Felix, The Foundling’s sleep-away summer camp in Putnam Valley, New York, for children in the child welfare system. While there, employee volunteers create a special day for The Foundling’s campers, ages 8 to 13, by leading sports activities, planning and participating in arts and crafts projects and sharing a lunch in the mess hall.
BNY Mellon’s support has also helped The Foundling launch its Digital Divide program. The two-pronged effort is focused on these areas:
- Digital Inclusion: providing laptops, wi-fi hotspots and training to foster children and their caregivers
- Technology Workforce Development: delivering a technical and soft skills training program run by The Foundling but open to all New York City opportunity youth, ages 18-24.
BNY Mellon’s commitment to The Foundling and the children reflects a tradition that dates back to the company’s founding in 1784.
“For nearly 150 years, The Foundling has accepted the daunting challenge of offering resources -- and simply caring -- about these kids and their families at times when they must feel lost or not equipped for life’s challenges,” said Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon.
“For us at BNY Mellon, we care and feel deeply invested in these young futures, and it has been our great pleasure to support the launch of the Digital Divide Program and volunteering at Camp Felix. The Foundling is changing lives and, at the end of the day, I cannot think of anything more noble and inspiring.”