Employee Volunteer Program
Our organization has long believed that its responsibilities as a corporate citizen include supporting non-profit agencies that respond to the needs of our neighbors throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. Since most of these organizations rely on committed and caring volunteers to carry out their work, we created the Caring Corps Employee Volunteer Program to empower our employees to contribute their time and talents to non-profits throughout our 13-county service area.
Eligible full-time employees are offered 16 hours of paid time off per year (pro-rated for part-time employees) to support the work of 501(c)(3) non-profit agencies. Volunteer opportunities are proactively identified, promoted, and managed to allow associates to take advantage of their volunteer time off. Projects can range from sorting food and preparing meals at food banks, to providing homework help to kids, to helping clean up local playgrounds and parks.
The impact is unmistakable. Since January 2015, the Caring Corps organized 23 local projects that engaged 294 employee volunteers and resulted in 1,466 hours of service. Using statistics from the Points of Light Foundation, which indicate that every volunteer hour is valued at $22.14, that means our volunteers saved our partnering non-profits $32,457 so far during 2015. And they had fun and enjoyed the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others while doing it.
Non-profits within our 13-county service area may propose projects for consideration. To find out more, call Christine Zavaskas at 570-200-6305.