Howard Bank Receives Mayor's Business Recognition Award for Outstanding Community Service
BALTIMORE, MD, December 12, 2019 – Howard Bank Chairman and CEO Mary Ann Scully today received the 2019 Mayor’s Business Recognition Award, given to companies that have demonstrated “outstanding community service” and have “significantly” improved the city.
The award was presented to Chairman and CEO Mary Ann Scully by Mayor Jack Young, the Baltimore Development Corporation and the Greater Baltimore Committee at a luncheon at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Mayor Young, the Baltimore Development Committee and Greater Baltimore Committee,” Scully said. “When we moved our headquarters to Baltimore in 2018 from Howard County it signaled our commitment to the city. We strongly believe that a healthy urban core is critical to helping support local businesses and residents as well as the suburbs.”
In addition to moving its headquarters to Baltimore, Howard Bank executives developed a unique way to support the city and surrounding communities through charitable works. It created a program that allows its employees to use work hours to give back to the community. Called Volunteer Time Off or VTO, the program provides each employee 20 paid hours a year to volunteer during work hours. The bank also formed a Volunteer Committee to coordinate philanthropic and charitable work and oversee how employees are spending their time.
The new VTO policy has helped align employees with Howard Bank’s community-centered approach. In the first 10 months of operation, 132 of the bank’s 320 employees took part in the program representing a 41 percent participation rate in 2018. The program has continued to grow in 2019. From September 2018 to June 2019 employees logged 1,352 hours at 13 different non-profits around Baltimore, including The Maryland Zoo, The Maryland Food Bank, Blue Water Baltimore, and the Ed Reed Foundation Summer Camp and Clinic.
More specifically, Howard Bank employees:
- Fed lunches to more than 500 homeless men and women through Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, which also serves as a gateway to legal services, health care, employment opportunities, and government benefits.
- Packed boxes of food and created meal kits at the Baltimore-based Maryland Food Bank.
- Planted trees in a low-income city public housing neighborhood to improve the ecosystem and beautify the neighborhood for its residents through the organization Blue Water Baltimore.
- Staffed Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown and helped teach 60 5th graders from Baltimore City schools how to manage their personal finances.
- Helped maintain grounds at the Maryland Zoo.
- Sorted books for the Maryland Book Bank, a non-profit organization committed to cultivating literacy in under-served communities.
The bank also selected non-profits that it would support with large gifts. In February of 2019, Howard Bank pledged $250,000 each to Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and Humanim.