Pioneers is a network of volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities, in partnership with their sponsors.
We are the recognized world-class leader in volunteerism. We are respected and valued by our members, our corporations, the global community and our industry. We are committed to the diversity and personal growth of our members, the success of our companies and to improving the quality of life in our communities.
Inclusive and Relevant
Trustworthy and Compassionate
Transparent and Accountable
The Pioneers legacy is long and inspiring. It all began in 1911 with just 734 members (including Alexander Graham Bell). In the beginning, friendship and fellowship were what it was all about. Industry people recalling the facts, traditions, and memories of the early history of the telephone. But those who wrote the original Pioneers purpose were forward thinking in adding that it would also encourage “such other meritorious objects consistent with the foregoing as may be desirable.” That became what would make the Pioneers different from other industry groups.
One of those “meritorious objects” translated into community service. Chapters, councils and clubs began their own initiatives, mostly working with childrens groups. By 1958, community service was established as the Pioneers’ “New Tradition”. Today, the organization is the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service. Pioneers volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities.