PR Daily recognizes Pioneer Services' CSR program as best of 2012
Company honored for paid volunteer time off, financial education for military families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (03-27-13) The Ragan's PR Daily CSR Awards look to honor those companies that, despite a down economy, have maintained or increased their commitment to giving back to their communities. More than 300 companies' corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs were reviewed and, among them, the best of the best are selected as overall winners for their company's size (either below or above 5,000 employees).

This year, Pioneer Services, a division of MidCountry Bank, was selected as the "Best CSR Leader/Company" for those companies with fewer than 5,000 team members. The company was recognized for its comprehensive financial education program as well as its community support, both volunteer and financial. Pioneer Services also received an honorable mention in the "Best Employee Volunteer Program." Specifically, the company provides all team members 16 hours (two days) of paid volunteer time off annually to volunteer in their communities, totaling more than 4,500 hours of a year. Other award recipients in other categories included Phillips North America, Intel, and Walmart.

"It is an honor for our company to be recognized nationally for its community betterment program, and for our on-going efforts to assist our customers and better the communities we serve," said Pioneer Services President Joe Freeman. "This recognition says a lot about our 300-plus team members around the country. After all, they are the drivers of our volunteer program and they are the ones out there affecting positive change in their communities."