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Building a Brighter Future Where We Live and Work

Businesses thrive in vibrant and healthy communities. That’s why at Graybar, we strive to do our part to strengthen neighboring areas through meaningful charitable contributions and volunteerism. We align our philanthropic efforts with the interests of our employees, customers and suppliers, as well as the needs of people near our districts and branches.

Through our foundation and corporate giving programs, we actively contribute to more than 75 charities and non-profits nationwide.

“We’re a local business, so most of our community engagement takes place at a local level,” said Beverly Propst, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. “We prefer to support organizations where our employees are already involved. When employees ask us to support these organizations, we try to say ‘yes’ whenever possible.”

Supporting education has always been a priority at Graybar, since it helps us build a better workforce for tomorrow, and aligns with our own internal training programs. When employees donate to higher learning institutions – including their alma mater – we match their commitment.

In 2011, Graybar also created Graybar CARES (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Education and Service) as a platform for employees, customers and suppliers to work together and give back to our communities. We recognize employee efforts and share events taking place across the country through Outlook, our quarterly employee magazine, social media and external news releases. Through Graybar CARES efforts, more than $260,000 was raised in 2013. Early in 2014, Graybar raised more than $116,000 for charity.

Taking Care of Our Own
As an employee-owned company, we also believe it’s important to support our fellow Graybar employees in times of unexpected hardship.

The Graybar Family Foundation, an independently run, nonprofit organization, provides confidential, immediate support to Graybar employees who have a sudden need for reasons beyond their control, such as damage from a natural disaster or a medical emergency.

Many employees and retirees choose to make donations to the Graybar Family Foundation in honor of special occasions, in memory of family members or simply to support the mission of the organization. Customers and suppliers are also encouraged to donate.

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