Norfolk Southern employees pull together for Giving November

Norfolk Southern’s Financial Planning & Analysis department with children’s bicycles and toys they assembled for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation

In celebration of Giving November, employees across Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network came together to make a difference. Giving November underscores our commitment to positively impacting our communities.

Several initiatives and achievements were part of this Giving November, including:

  • Our Labor Relations, Human Resources, and Corporate Communications departments, along with the Volunteers Employee Resource Group (ERG) volunteered on separate days at the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Together, we sorted and packaged more than 68,000 pounds of food, that’s approximately 57,000 meals for Atlanta families in need. To build on this, we hosted a food drive at our headquarters to support ACFB.
  • Norfolk Southern employees, supported by the J. Whitaker Group ERG, volunteered at the Junior Achievement (JA) Chick-fil-A Discovery Center in Atlanta. Collectively, they donated 60 hours of time, serving students from Stone Mountain Middle School and Stephenson Middle School. In October, Norfolk Southern launched a partnership with JA with a brand-new interactive storefront in the Center and a three-year grant supporting thousands of students. 
  • Norfolk Southern’s Financial Planning & Analysis department built bicycles and packaged toys. These will be donated to local children in need of holiday gifts through a partnership with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation.
  • The Ethics and Compliance department planted more than 130 trees in partnership with Trees Atlanta. In another effort to sustainably beautify our communities, our Volunteers ERG hosted a cleanup day at the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
  • During the week of Thanksgiving, employees served lunch at Crossroads Community Ministries in Atlanta.
  • Colleagues from Norfolk Southern subsidiary Crown Companies (Triple Crown & TDIS) participated in the Philabundance Food Drive for the second year in a row at its Blue Bell, Pennsylvania office.
  • In partnership with the American Red Cross, Norfolk Southern hosted an employee blood drive at its headquarters.

In June, Norfolk Southern launched its 2023 Thoroughbred Giving Program with a new Thoroughbred Giving Portal for employees, a redesigned tool designed to enhance the employee experience, foster community engagement, and support employees’ charitable efforts such as volunteer initiatives for Giving November. Through the portal, employees are able to sign up for volunteer activities and log hours, access their charitable spending account, and more. Norfolk Southern will also match up to $20,000 in eligible donations to nonprofit organizations of an employee’s choice. Since the Portal launched, more than 320 employees have logged nearly 6,000 volunteer hours supporting 138 organizations across Norfolk Southern’s network. Approximately 13 percent of those volunteer hours were logged throughout Giving November.

To learn more about Norfolk Southern’s corporate giving values and initiatives, visit the website here.

Norfolk Southern’s Labor Relations department volunteers at ACFB