MACERICH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
The Macerich Volunteer Program began in 2003 and consists of a volunteer program and a grant program. In 2005, MVP received the Maxi Award for Community Relations from the International Council of Shopping Centers, its top honor in that category. Through MVP, our employees become more connected to our communities and our Company. The Macerich Volunteer Program is a great example of our commitment to giving back to our communities.
Since its inception, over 116,000 hours have been volunteered by our employees through MVP at nonprofit organizations that include, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the American Cancer Society. Our grant program has awarded nearly 2,200 grants totaling over $1.2 Million to organizations in the areas of education, humanities, civic, arts and health, including such programs and organizations as Make a Wish Foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
The focus of our volunteer program is to encourage each employee to volunteer at designated nonprofit organizations that benefit the communities that we serve. Each full time Macerich employee receives a volunteer time bank of 24 hours a year to volunteer at certain nonprofit organizations that are chosen by the respective mall and office teams. Through this volunteer program, Macerich strengthens its ties to our communities. A MVP Volunteer Day is also set each year so that our malls and offices can designate a half day of volunteering as a group at local nonprofit organizations. Click here for a list of some of our designated volunteer partners.
Our grant program consists of an individual recognition grant program and a special events grant program. The individual recognition grant program is designed to acknowledge the existing volunteer efforts of our Macerich employees throughout our communities. The grants are awarded yearly based on the number of hours an employee volunteers at a qualified nonprofit organization. This grant program recognizes our employees who volunteer their time, talents and energies to various nonprofit organizations serving our communities. Our special events grant program awards grants of up to $500 each to fund employee-sponsored nonprofit events. Click here for a list of some of our grants for special events.