Volunteering at Grinnell Mutual

Serving our employees’ communities is an important part of developing trust and respect. All employees receive eight hours of paid volunteer time off (VTO) per year so that they can make a difference in organizations that are important to them.

Employee painting ceiling with a paint roller Team up for tomorrow

Making a difference is more fun with other people. Our Team Up for Tomorrow Volunteer program allows employees to form teams with their coworkers to compete for the most volunteer hours. In 2021, ten volunteer teams volunteered 754 hours.

At the end of the challenge, Grinnell Mutual and the Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation donate funds to the organizations of the winning teams’ choice, based on the total number of hours volunteered by all employees.

Employees use their VTO hours to help others in need, volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics; to as far as Washington D.C. to advocate for children through Save the Children Action Network.

First place: New Sharon #1

The winning team, Team New Sharon #1, volunteered a total of 69 hours in 2021 (8.625 hours per team member). They selected the Capri Theater to receive a $4,416 donation.

Second place: Giving Groupies

The second-place team, Giving Groupies, volunteered a total of 67.5 hours (5.625 hours per team member) at local churches, schools, and the American Red Cross. They selected Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hands to receive a $2,944 donation. 

Third place: Triple A Pay It Forward

The third-place team, Triple A Pay It Forward, volunteered a total of 46 hours (4.6 hours per team member) at schools, fire departments, and local churches. They selected Big Hearts 4 Tiny Hands to receive a $1,472 donation.

Showing Grinnell Mutual employees care

President and CEO Jeff Menary said what he loves about this challenge is that it represents the people that work at Grinnell Mutual.

“The foundation of any great organization is built by outstanding employees. The Team Up for Tomorrow challenge is a wonderful example of our outstanding staff and how caring they are. They care about the company, they care about our customers, they care about their coworkers, and they care about their communities.

Day of caring

In addition to volunteer time off, Grinnell Mutual hosts a Day of Caring annually, allowing employees to volunteer up to eight hours without having to use their VTO or other paid time off.

At our 2021 Day of Caring, employees spent 221 hours volunteering at places across Iowa including:


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