Lending a Hand: All Star Launches Employee Volunteer Program
Guest blog author Jen Jope is a content marketing manager for
Apple has one. Microsoft too.
For the first time in the company’s history,
One month after going live, the program is gaining traction with employees. Several
Employee volunteer programs are nothing new, but for
And we can’t wait to begin.
Getting the Program Started
President and CEO Doug Brown recognized a unique opportunity to give back to the city that has been so good to
“Service to our community inspires our team members to fulfill their potential in every aspect of their lives,” says Doug.
Earlier this year, the Philanthropy Program Committee, which includes Doug, Assistant Controller Michelle Ferris and me, surveyed our fellow colleagues to learn about their personal volunteer experience.
We received some inspiring results and found out the
Of the employees surveyed, almost 40 percent currently clock in more than 20 hours of volunteer time each year. Color us impressed.
Northwest Harvest, YWCA and Seattle-area schools top the list of organizations our employees work with on their own time.
Who will the
How It Works
During the development of the VTO plan, we felt strongly that employees should feel empowered, and not restricted, in their volunteer efforts.
The main guidelines simply require a bit of team building—8 of the 16 hours must be completed in a group setting and volunteers can work with registered 501(c)(3)s in the following areas:
- Health and Human Services
- Arts and Culture
- Animal & Wildlife Services
Doug, Michelle and I had a great time developing the program, but the fun is really about to start. We can’t wait to see the impact our amazing colleagues will have on the community.
If you’re curious too, check back for updates on team volunteering efforts.