It happens once a year, but what a difference they make in that one day.  It's called Neighbors Make the Difference Day and this year more than 700 KeyBank employees in Buffalo and Western New York spent the day volunteering with more than two dozen community organizations and service projects.  The local KeyBank employees were part of 7,000 KeyBank employees across the country who volunteered their time to work at more than 850 projects in their neighborhoods or near where they work. 

A number of KeyBank branches closed at noon on Wednesday, May 23rd to allow employees to volunteer their time and efforts.  Among the more than 20 local projects on the 28th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day were:

  • William-Emslie YMCA in Buffalo
  • Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo
  • Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County in Dunkirk
  • Community Missions in Niagara Falls.
  • People Incorporated - Buffalo
  • Clearfield Public Library - Williamsville
  • Town of Newfane Historical Society
  • Brothers of Mercy - Clarence
  • Started in 1991 when a group of KeyBank employees in Alaska volunteered for public service projects, the concept grew across and KeyBank made it an official day of volunteerism.

    KeyBank's Buffalo Region Market President Buford Sears said "Volunteerism is central to KeyBank’s culture and Neighbors Make the Difference Day is one way we bring that to life and help our neighborhoods and our communities thrive.”