TIAA Celebrates Its Centennial Through Community Impact Projects

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EarthShare is working with TIAA to provide educational presentations and volunteer activities that highlight how food issues are connected to the health of both people and planet as part of TIAA’s centennial celebration. To commemorate this milestone, TIAA has organized “100 Days of Difference,” a program offering its employees volunteer events across the country from March 5 to June 12 to inspire and empower them to make an impact on issues connected to environment, hunger, and education. Among other opportunities, EarthShare members American Farmland Trust, Environmental Defense Fund, and Rainforest Alliance will engage TIAA employees with webinars about sustainable farming and resilient agricultural systems.

As the world’s largest farmland investor, protecting the environment has always been a priority for TIAA. TIAA and EarthShare first started working together in 2015 to positively impact the health of the environment and their communities. TIAA introduced an EarthShare employee engagement campaign and provided volunteer projects in their major hubs across the country. These included 45 potential hands-on projects ranging from beach cleanups to garden planting with national and local EarthShare member nonprofits; TIAA employees were given the opportunity to select their favorite projects. EarthShare also worked with American Farmland Trust to launch a recipe card project to support local farmers’ markets—a project accessible to employees who telework, and to those who wished to get involved but are unable to leave the office. Other opportunities included:

  • In Denver, TIAA volunteers worked with National Wildlife Federation to build a new garden at a local elementary school.
  • In New Jersey, TIAA volunteers spruced up the grounds at Liberty State Park.
  • Volunteers from the TIAA New York City office worked on local parks and trails.
  • TIAA participated in EarthShare North Carolina’s Earth Day Corporate Challenge in Charlotte and worked with North Carolina Wildlife Federation to complete a butterfly garden with a school in walking distance of their corporate campus.

During the 100 Days of Difference, TIAA employees across the country will compile recipe packets and write thank you notes to promote support of local farmers’ markets.

Several of these projects gave rise to ongoing work between TIAA offices and EarthShare StateAffiliates and member nonprofits. TIAA has been a presenting sponsor for EarthShare North Carolina’s Charlotte Corporate Earth Day Celebration since 2016. This year they won the “Dirtiest Team” award and Overall Winner of the day for their work cleaning up greenways during the Corporate Challenge on April 12. TIAA has also participated in EarthShare New Jersey’s Green Day Challenge, winning one of the top team awards in 2017 and working hard in the 2018 Challenge on April 27.

TIAA has provided EarthShare member nonprofits with the funding and the volunteer power needed to make a real impact on both global and local environmental issues, while providing TIAA employees with meaningful, local connections in the communities where they live and work.

To learn more, contact Mary MacDonald at mary@earthshare.org or call her directly at 240-333-0313.

ABOUT EARTHSHARE: For 30 years, EarthShare has given businesses and employees across America effective ways to care for our natural resources and contribute to a sustainable future. Today EarthShare works with the corporate sector to create dynamic and relevant engagement and philanthropic experiences for employee participants, businesses, and the communities where they live and work.