Whisman continues, “I used to work for a large corporation that didn’t do this kind of thing. But I really enjoy it. It’s important to me.”
Millennials who are interested in “bigger issues” and social justice find a home at CUB where giving back is not just a slogan but a way to behave every day.
We have big hearts
“I think when we volunteer it shows that our communities can stick together despite all the horrible things we hear on the news going on around the world,” Whisman says. “We are strong and we have big hearts. It also shows what a great company CUB is to work for.”
Millennials – the cohort born between roughly 1982 and 2004 – are an innovative, entrepreneurial bunch who are sometimes criticized for feeling “entitled” but are also heralded as the most gender and ethnically inclusive generation ever. They think globally and were weaned on social media, and for them texting has replaced phone calls and emails as a way of communicating. CUB embraces this generation.
“If we don’t become part of the community, then there’s not going to be a community to be part of,” says Covington, who fully enjoyed his day swapping stories with 90-year-olds.
During CUB’s 2017 community service day, 14 agencies benefitted from visits by CUB employees. Those include: Bullitt County Humane Society, The Backpack Program, Amber Oaks, Shelby Trails Park, Owen County Senior Center, Bluegrass Center for Autism, Spencer County Library, Serenity Center, Dorman Center, Habitat for Humanity, Awake Ministries, Critically Loved Center and Operation Care. Employees even served a meal to firefighters at the Simpsonville Fire Department.
Taylor Hughes, a 20-year-old teller, had planned to volunteer at Serenity Center that day but instead had to step in last-minute to cover a work shift for a colleague. In his own way, he volunteered and was of service to customers and his colleague.
“Honestly, I was kind of sad that I didn’t get to go, but someone had to step forward and fill in,” Hughes says. “The next time CUB volunteers, put my name down and I’m all in. I really want to do it!”
Covington says CUB’s culture is a perfect fit for his personal values.
“As a young man growing up in a small church in Shelbyville, one of the things I learned early was to love and serve where you are,” he says. “I have worked for several organizations in my short life, and not one of them reached the high level of CUB’s commitment to volunteering, supporting their employees and caring for customers.”