Norfolk Southern in the community
Big company, big heart
Beyond our office buildings, mechanical shops, and rail yards, thousands of employees volunteer in their communities. Many sport the distinctive red, white, and blue T-shirt of our formal volunteer program, the Thoroughbred Volunteers.
Our company encourages employees to give back to their communities, and many contribute time, talent, and treasure to programs that enrich their neighborhoods and advance the company’s sustainability goals. An informal company survey in 2012 offers a glimpse of their contribution: The nearly 400 employees who filled out the survey reported volunteering more than 82,000 hours of their time for a host of organizations representing community, civic, culture and arts, education, environmental, health and human services, and business and economic development interests.
From senior executives who trade in suits and ties for work shirts and jeans to field employees who spend a day off working on a community project, these volunteers are the heart and soul of Norfolk Southern.
“Our company has a firm belief that we need to give back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Cindy Earhart, executive vice president of administration and executive sponsor of the Thoroughbred Executive Volunteer Council. “You just know deep down that it’s a good thing for us to do.”