In the Community

Helping to create a brighter future

Phoenix has been making the world a better place for more than 165 years. Francis Gillette, one of our founders and a noted abolitionist, worked tirelessly to end slavery. Our first charitable gift was $5,000 to victims of the 1871 Chicago fire. That would be over $90,000 today. In 1924, Phoenix was instrumental in founding the Hartford Community Chest, now known as United Way. And, we’ve kept on getting involved and giving back.

Today, Phoenix and its employees continue to work in a variety of ways to improve the quality of life in our home office communities of Hartford, CT and East Greenbush, NY. We’re focused on helping people meet their basic needs for housing, food and education and also support programs that enrich our lives.


Our Impact

Our employees are dedicated to doing their part to make a difference. We support the work they do for the charities they care about by providing 40 hours of paid volunteer time per year. Also, each year, we organize and sponsor volunteer opportunities that take place during the workday.

Here are a few of the ways our employees are working to make life better for others.

Wish School Mentor and Student

My mentor helps me with homework and supports
what I do – it’s awesome!

Phoenix employees have been mentoring students from Hartford’s Fred D. Wish School on a weekly basis for over 30 years. After the 3rd – 8th graders arrive at our office by bus, they have a healthy snack and spend an hour with their mentors – catching up, getting help with homework, and playing games like Connect Four and Scrabble. It’s hard to say who gets the most out of the sessions – the mentors or the students!
employees at a united way event

I enjoyed the chance to make a difference in the life of a young child.

The Day of Caring, a cornerstone of our annual United Way campaign, is an opportunity for employees to roll up their sleeves and get involved with one or more community agencies serving people in need. It might involve spending quality time with preschoolers at Women’s League Child Development Center, sorting and packing food items at the Foodshare Distribution Center, or sprucing up non-profit facilities, parks and playgrounds around the city.
employees at a united way event

“We had a great day working together for a good cause.

Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers like the Nassau Re leadership team, pictured here, to help build affordable homes for first time homeowners. It’s also a great team-building opportunity for our employees -- working together outside of the office while making a meaningful contribution to the community.
employees at soup kitchen

Seeing the challenges people face on a daily basis
reminds me of what’s important in life.

Hands on Hartford serves the community’s neediest residents through a variety of programs providing food, housing and economic security. Once a month, Phoenix employees serve lunch to approximately 80 – 100 clients of the organization’s MANNA soup kitchen. These individuals receive both a nutritious meal and access to respectful, comprehensive social support services.
22,000 hours

Fred D. Wish School

Mentoring Hours

Over $10 M

Raised for

United Way


Soup Kitchen

Meals Served

770 Pints

On Site

Blood Drive Donations

Our Community Partners

Phoenix partners with organizations focused on creating a better future for our communities

  • Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Foodshare
  • Fred D. Wish School
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hands on Hartford
  • Journey Home
  • United Way of Central and Northeastern CT
  • United Way of the Greater NY Capital Region