In the U.S., Fiserv is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive in 12 cities: Brookfield, Wis., Hickory, N.C., Hillsboro, Ore., Houston, King of Prussia, Pa., Lake Mary, Fla., Lincoln, Neb., Norcross, Ga., Phoenix, Ariz., Sioux Falls, S.D., South Bend, Ind. and Wallingford, Conn. The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots is a national, nonprofit program that collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes these toys as Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Similarly, Fiserv locations are continuing the tradition of delivering toys via organizations they support locally. The Dallas office is donating toys through Salvation Army, Morris Plains, N.J. office is giving toys through Angel Tree, the Pittsburgh office is providing toys through the Salvation Army's Treasures for Children, the Wallingford, Conn. and Norcross, Ga. offices are also collecting toys for local, adopted families and the Lincoln, Neb. office is also holding a toy drive for CEDARS Home for Children.
Fiserv estimates its associates have delivered nearly 1,000 toys this holiday season.
"With more than 19,000 associates in 200 locations around the world, Fiserv has made it a priority to care globally and act locally this holiday season," said Judy DeRango Wicks, vice president, Communications, Fiserv. "Teamwork on programs like Toys for Tots enables us to work together to bring joy to others as we take an active role in our communities to make a personal and cumulative impact."
In addition to team projects, the company has donated to two organizations, Feeding America and CARE International, as its holiday thank you in honor of its 16,000 financial services clients.
Fiserv core values are demonstrated by supporting the communities in which its associates live and work, with a focus on youth service organizations and providing assistance in the areas of health and wellness, education and financial literacy. These contributions included both monetary support and the organization of volunteer efforts. The company has a volunteer network called "Fiserv Gives Back" in which more than 7,500 hours have been logged to 121 different organizations in 2011.
One of the company's most successful collaborations this year was when Fiserv and its associates came together this spring to donate more than $300,000 to the American Red Cross, which helped provide aide and assistance to the many people affected by the natural disasters in Japan and the U.S. in 2011. Over the course of three months, Fiserv associates generously gave more than $150,000, which Fiserv matched, to help the communities in need.