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Volunteers help out at the Barn at Spring Brook Farm


POCOPSON >> With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s it was a nice day to be out of the office and volunteering, according to Kevin Hare of Voya Financial.

Hare works at the West Chester office of the national financial firm and was volunteering at the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, Tuesday, during National Day of Service.

More than 20 volunteers raked, performed yard work and prepped for the season at the farm hosting animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities, for the fifth year.

“It’s great to help out and work with the community,” Hare said. “(Volunteering) attracts millennials to the company.


“We want to attract the best and brightest. Millennials enjoy serving the community and it helps us attract that type of talent.”

“Responsible corporate citizenship is in our DNA at Voya,” said Chet Ragavan, executive vice president and chief risk officer. “On National Day of Service, our employees come together in the communities where they live and work, and volunteer to support causes that align with their passions and interests.

“This event has become a great source of pride for our workforce – here in West Chester – and across the U.S.”

Tom Lloyd, corporate communications director, said that volunteering is key.

“It’s important for us to be involved in the community in volunteer activities like this and it’s nice to know that the company has that commitment as well.”

The Barn at Spring Brook Farms enriches the lives of children with disabilities through animal assisted activities, Ann Newoswiat, program manager, said.

Through one-on-one contact with a volunteer, disabled children interact with donkeys, baby lambs, a pig, goats miniature horses, sheep, bunnies and two barn cats.

About 250 Chester County volunteers also worked at Stroud Water Research Center, the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, West Chester Senior Center and Willistown Conservation Trust.

For the Day of Service, Voya Financial volunteers, also helped out at Elmwood Park Zoo, Chester County Food Bank, the Chester Valley Trail, the Food Bank of Delaware, Habitat for Humanity and Home of the Sparrow.

In total, Voya employees volunteered approximately 49,000 hours in 2017 to support their local communities – more than 13,000 of these hours were contributed during National Day of Service

Voya Financial provides full-time employees with 40 hours of paid volunteer time each year and $5,000 in matching gifts for eligible nonprofits. Voya was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies.

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