Robert Juliano, WSFS Bank

Robert Juliano 

Years with WSFS Bank

26 years total (23 with Beneficial Bank prior to its acquisition by WSFS)

Activating my passion into meaningful impact

Robert (on the far right) volunteering at Old Saint Joseph’s Outreach Annual Thanksgiving Initiative.

My passion is teaching financial education/literacy as well as serving community and nonprofit organizations through volunteerism and board service, especially those organizations that serve the most vulnerable and are in communities within low-income census tracts.

In 2021, I led 28 Financial Literacy Education Workshops for schools, nonprofits, and community groups, volunteering a total of 62 hours in the process. In addition to the workshops, I logged 294 hours of volunteer service in 2021, including board service at nonprofits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

I serve on the boards for a variety of local organizations, including the Philadelphia Community & Economic Development Committee; Holy Family Home; Entrepreneur Works; Financial Wellness Institute; St. Peter the Apostle School; Roman Catholic High School; IHM Center for Literacy; and St. Joseph Villa.

I am also a regular volunteer at organizations based in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, including Philabundance; MANNA; Cathedral Kitchen; Catholic Social Services; Cradles to Crayons; Old Saint Joseph’s Outreach; Saint John’s Hospice; Gift of Life Family House; Ronald McDonald House; and Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

Work/volunteer synergies

At WSFS Bank, we believe we have a responsibility to strengthen the cities and towns where we live, work, play and do business. Team WSFS, the WSFS corporate volunteer program, encourages Associates to volunteer with nonprofits of their choice.

WSFS offers four hours a month of compensated work time for participation in company-sanctioned volunteer activities. The Team WSFS program was developed to promote Associate volunteerism and strengthen our communities. The program has seen great success over the years, thanks in large part to our dedicated Associate volunteers.

What I’ve learned from volunteering with WSFS Bank

No matter the number of hours you volunteer, you can make a difference. Whether it is an hour or one hundred hours, you are making an impact and helping others. The same goes for monetary donations, any amount can make a difference to help someone in need.

Robert (on the right) volunteering with fellow WSFS volunteers at Manna.

What excites me within corporate volunteerism 

Making a difference and knowing that you are making an impact. If you are volunteering at a food bank packing items for those in need, you know that you are helping to provide meals for those community members. When it comes to teaching financial literacy, you have an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others by helping to set them up for financial success throughout their lives. Whatever the cause or organization, you can make a difference.

What volunteerism means to me

Get involved. It is important to get involved in the community, work with nonprofits and volunteer. During the pandemic, requests for services from nonprofits have increased drastically, and these organizations need the help of volunteers in order to meet this increased demand.