Liberty Torchbearers

Each year, thousands of Liberty Mutual employees give, volunteer, and serve in support of the causes they care about.

Yellow heart with Liberty Torchbearers written on it

Liberty Torchbearers, our community of caring, consists of three distinct programs under one umbrella: Give with Liberty, Serve with Liberty and Volunteer with Liberty, with many of our employees participating in more than one of these programs. Through our Torchbearers programs, we stand with our employees in helping them support the communities and charitable causes they care most about. 

A liberty employee posting on the Giving Tree at Liberty offices

Give with Liberty

Through Give with Liberty, 10,493 Liberty Mutual employees across the U.S. and Canada donated over $7.4 million to more than 6,000 organizations. Donations to qualified nonprofits received a 100% match from Liberty Mutual with no upper limit to the amount given. There is also no limit to the number of nonprofits employees can donate to and all administrative costs are paid by Liberty Mutual.  

A group of Liberty employees volunteering, cataloging books and items

Serve with Liberty

Serve with Liberty, our annual days of service, took place globally in May 2023. To determine nonprofit partners, employees recommend projects in their local communities. In 2023, 16,510 employees served 66,040 hours with organizations.  

For example, Liberty Mutual employees in India took part by planting trees, cleaning riverbanks, volunteering at orphanages and leading soft skills sessions for blind individuals. In Canada, employees volunteered with a variety of organizations to help food banks, sort donations and clean up communities.   

Additionally, in the U.S. we supported SHED Children’s Campus’s outdoor work by repairing and building garden beds, filling in playground surfaces with mulch and fixing the boundaries of outdoor paths.  

Liberty Serve with Liberty volunteer organizing art supplies

Volunteer with Liberty

To encourage volunteering through Volunteer with Liberty, all employees who volunteer and track their time are eligible to win one of 2,200 mini-grants, worth $500 each. These can be donated to qualified nonprofit organizations of their choice. Additionally, employees who complete 50 approved volunteer hours in a year will earn one day of service, time off to volunteer at the organization of their choice. 

Torchbearers 100 Club 

Employees who complete 100 or more hours of volunteer time per year are honored with membership in the Torchbearers 100 Club and can direct a larger grant from Liberty Mutual Foundation, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, to the nonprofit of their choice. Some members of the 100 Club include:

Rebecca Pettingell: Rebecca volunteers with North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity, building affordable housing. She has worked on several new home builds by framing, installing siding and gutters, painting, drywall finishing, installing flooring and landscaping. 

Lara Romero: Lara volunteers with the Veterans Yoga Project, teaching mindful resiliency yoga classes for active-duty service members, veterans and their families. 

Teresa Amadis Wanna: Teresa volunteers with Our Neighbor’s Table and Community Giving Tree, collecting and distributing new and gently used items. This includes doing warehouse inventory, food pantry stocking, sorting and bundling children’s essentials.

Three Liberty employees participating in ERG activities; sitting at  a table smiling and chatting

Partnering with our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

We work closely with our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to integrate volunteer opportunities into their work. In 2023, Able@Liberty promoted the Winter Walk, an initiative raising awareness and funds to help end homelessness in our communities. In partnership with Valor@Liberty, we participated in Operation Gratitude, an initiative to create care packages, write letters and make paracord bracelets to thank those who serve in the military. We also worked with Pride@Liberty to volunteer with Lost-N-Found Youth, Atlanta’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to transitioning homeless LGBTQ+ youth to more permanent housing.

CommonWealth Kitchen Text logo, with a small drawing of a skillet

Partner Spotlight: Skills-based Volunteering with CommonWealth Kitchen

A team of employees from Corporate Strategy & Research used their skills to provide pro-bono strategy consulting work for CommonWealth Kitchen, helping the organization refresh their strategic direction and investment priorities. The employees spent more than 900 hours during the strategy development process, which included interviews, workshops and brainstorming sessions to develop their final recommendations and insights. We have supported CommonWealth Kitchen since 2018 and in 2023, our partnership enabled the organization to provide meals and groceries to families in need. 

Congratulations to Alicia Cortel Forcat, 1st Prize Unsung Heroes Award 2023

Giving Globally

Globally, Liberty Mutual employees give back to their communities through a variety of volunteer opportunities. Liberty Specialty Markets’ Unsung Heroes Award recognizes employees who have significantly contributed to communities through volunteering. Award recipients have spent significant personal time volunteering for causes they care about and are awarded prize donations to their chosen organization. This year’s first prize recipient, Alicia Cortel Forcat from Madrid, Spain, supported the construction of a hospital and primary school in Tanzania. Second prize recipient Rachel Lynch from Dublin, Ireland volunteered with her local community hall and third prize recipient Lorenzo Casella from Milan, Italy volunteered with the local Scouts Association.