OWS is committed to the community and proud to sponsor volunteer opportunities and support local organizations both directly and indirectly through contributions to the philanthropic efforts of employees.

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). OWS became a UNPRI Signatory in September 2017.  As a UNPRI Signatory, OWS will endeavor to: (i) incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues into its investment analysis and decision-making processes; (ii) be an active owner and incorporate ESG issues into its ownership policies and practices; (iii) seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which it invests; (iv) promote acceptance and implementation of UNPRI within the investment industry; (v) work to enhance its effectiveness in implementing the UNPRI principles; and (vi) report on its activities and progress toward implementing UNPRI.

Operation Backpack. For each of the past 5 years, OWS collected and donated backpacks filled with school supplies to some of New York City’s neediest children before the start of the new school year. More than 11,000 school age children live with their families in the New York City homeless shelter system. Through Operation Backpack, Volunteers of America provides new, filled backpacks to students who are homeless.

Citymeals-on-Wheels Volunteer Food Delivery. OWS employees annually distribute lunch to homebound New Yorkers through Citymeals-on-Wheels. Citymeals is one of the largest meals-on-wheels programs in the U.S., providing 2.2 million meals to 18,400 elderly New Yorkers each year. In addition to nutritionally balanced senior meals, volunteers deliver vital human companionship.

OWS Employee Efforts. OWS Partners are active in their communities, including serving on the National Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and on the Board of Focus for A Future Inc.  OWS supports employee efforts, including those with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s athletic fundraising program Fred’s Team and Habitat for Humanity.  OWS also coordinates employee efforts to support City Harvest in its fight against hunger in NYC.