In Our Communities

Associates Give 52,000 Hours of Service in OneWeek

Seven inspiring and productive days after the kickoff of OneWeek, Capital One’s annual community service initiative, the results were in: more than 15,000 Capital One associate volunteers spent over 52,000 hours working in their communities and participating in 1,300 projects to help those communities thrive.

Building on the company’s strong tradition of employee volunteerism, our committed associates tackled more than more than one thousand projects designed to address some of the economic and social needs of the communities where they live and work and contribute to.

“Through OneWeek, Capital One associates join together in a company-wide effort to strengthen the well-being and economic prosperity of individuals, families and businesses, using their collective talents to address the most pressing needs in communities throughout the country,” says Carolyn Berkowitz, President, Capital One Foundation and Managing Vice President, Community Affairs, Capital One Financial Corporation

Volunteering in the community is an integral part of Capital One’s culture and serves as an extension of our philanthropic efforts — Carolyn Berkowitz

During OneWeek Capital One associates participated in a variety of service projects related to key building blocks of economic opportunity: Affordable Housing, Education, Small Business and Workforce Development, and Financial Literacy:

  • In partnership with The Heart of America Foundation, Capital One volunteers will lead seven READesign® Library Makeover projects and distribute thousands of books to children in need.
  • In New York and New Jersey, as part of a long standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, nearly 100 Capital One associates will be participating for three days in home building projects in multiple cities, including Queens, Long Island, Newark and Paterson. Several of these events will support the 35th Anniversary Carter Work Project, which Capital One has supported with a grant for $25,000. The Carter Work Project is a major Habitat for Humanity celebration in honor of President Carter’s 35 years of support for the organization.
  • In Boston, Capital One associates will partner with BUILD, a non-profit organization that uses entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged youth, to give their student lab a makeover. Associates will outfit the lab with new technology and facilitate workshops to teach students how they can utilize digital tools and technology to grow their businesses.
  • In Dallas and Chicago, Capital One is hosting “ScopeAthons” in partnership with the Taproot Foundation. During these events, Capital One associates will offer pro bono support and work with more than 25 nonprofit organizations to help them develop a plan to address their biggest challenges.
  • In Richmond, more than 300 Capital One associates will volunteer with FeedMore to help provide hunger solutions to neighbors throughout Central Virginia. Additionally, Capital One associates will work with Venture Richmond to help beautify the downtown district. They will also team up with the Heart of America Foundation on a READesign Library at Armstrong High School to provide students with age-appropriate reading materials.
  • In McLean, Capital One associates will work with local nonprofit organizations to host a Workforce Development Day for clients and military veterans. Participants will learn new skills in financial education, personal branding and interviewing techniques to help them secure employment.
  • In Chicago, more than 95 associates will pack 40,000 meals for families in the local community who are in need through a partnership with The Salvation Army.

This year, OneWeek coincided with Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. As part of OneWeek, Capital One worked with the Taproot Foundation, a long-standing non-profit partner that makes business talent available to community-based organizations, to host two pro bono volunteer events called “ScopeAthons.” During the one-day ScopeAthons, Capital One associates shared their specialized business expertise on a pro-bono basis with 25 non-profit organizations.