May Serve Days: LPL Employees Make a Difference in Their Communities
Nearly 250 LPL employees recently volunteered in their local communities as part of the firm’s seventh annual May Serve Days, a month-long demonstration of volunteerism in LPL’s home office locations, including San Diego, Charlotte and Boston.
Employees supported a range of local organizations, including those personally chosen by employees as well as 38 nonprofits that have existing relationships with the LPL Financial Foundation. The foundation serves as an enabling partner to organizations that help individuals achieve their aspirations in life, providing both employee volunteers and financial contributions.
All locations hosted professional clothing drives to help men and women entering the workforce, donating to EMPath in Boston, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and the Preuss School UCSD in San Diego.
Highlights of May Serve Days
Boston: More than 40 employees supported City Year Boston at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center by building picnic tables. A group also participated in the 50th Walk for Hunger and 5K run to support programs addressing hunger across the state.
- “Giving back to the community is something that means a lot to me, and May Serve Days gave me the opportunity to do not just that, but work with and get to know my coworkers outside of the office. It is great to be a part of a company that actively looks to and improves the community that we work in,” said Marc Bowles, LPL legal support associate.
Carolinas: Employee volunteers supported students through a variety of events, including hosting a field day for the Boys and Girls Club of York County, leading mock interviews with Johnson C. Smith students and working with kids at the Junior Achievement BizTown and in local schools. Other efforts included raising money and taking part in the AIDS Walk, supporting the York County Humane Society, participating in the Hope Floats Duck Race in support of KinderMourn and raising money as part of the InReach Crown Town Throwdown Cornhole Tournament to benefit individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other disabilities in securing and maintaining employment.
- “Lending a helping hand by exposing our youth to the components of business allowed us to shine a light on responsibility, teamwork and work ethics. Therefore, providing a glimpse into their future as working citizens,” said Danice Turner, LPL senior operations specialist.
San Diego: Employees supported various events supporting their community, many focused on youth education and development. Volunteers spent time cleaning up San Dieguito Park and Project Wildlife organized by the Humane Society. Employees mentored students through programs offered by Junior Achievement and California State University San Marcos. And they spent valuable time supporting students through other programs, such as STEM Wednesdays and Homework Help Thursdays with the Boys and Girls Club, becoming a Big Brother Big Sister mentor and hosting mock interviews with students and adults re-entering the workforce through Second Chance.
- Jacqui Teague, LPL senior analyst, who took part in two Junior Achievement events, said, “It was great! I wish they had a program like this when I was in high school. It was gratifying to see that ‘a ha’ moment when the kids realized what their parents go through trying to handle the family finances and how challenging it can be to budget for the real world.”
LPL Financial and the organizations mentioned in this article are separate entities.