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Thoroughbred Volunteers

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Norfolk Southern employees are committed to serving communities within the company’s 22-state network, both from a business and community outreach perspective. NS’ formal volunteer program, the Thoroughbred Volunteers, offers employees a way to give back to their communities while serving as official railroad ambassadors.

Community Service Projects:

To strengthen ties between NS and the communities where NS employees live and work by leading employee community service volunteer events.

Support Community Organizations:

The group leads employee-sponsored community service events and programs to support various organizations, including the Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Hands on Atlanta, United Way, area food banks, and homeless shelters.

Expand Membership Across Divisions:

NS Thoroughbred Volunteer chapters are active in: Altoona, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Norfolk, Va.; and the Piedmont Division.

Supporting our communities

NS Thoroughbred Volunteers strengthen community ties with a home spruce-up event in Portsmouth, Va. Armed with paint brushes, hammers, shovels, and other tools, NS employees gathered on a Saturday morning in late April to participate in a community “give back” event called Paint Your Heart Out.

Thoroughbred Volunteers Support Communities

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Whether collecting school supplies for disadvantaged children, stocking thousands of pounds of canned goods at food banks, or cheering on Special Olympians, Norfolk Southern employees help improve the quality of life in their communities.

NS Volunteers Build Community Through Shelter Reading Program

Every month, NS volunteers in Norfolk and surrounding cities fan out in pairs to 11 shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Once there, these Thoroughbred Volunteers spend an hour or so reading aloud to children ages two through teens.