One of the things that makes ReadyTalk a Best Companies to Work For, is the company’s support and emphasis on philanthropic activities. To encourage employees to support local non-profit organizations:
- Every employee receives 20 hours of paid volunteer hours per year to support an organization of his/her choice
- The company matches employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500 annually
- Donation of in-kind web and audio conferences to qualifying non-profits.
In addition, ReadyTalk has an employee-led Charitable Contributions Committee. The group’s mission is to support non-profit organizations that create a positive impact on the community, support education and the environment. The committee focuses on non-profits that are employee-supported, located on the Colorado Front Range, and provide services to financially disadvantaged populations. ReadyTalk gives the committee $10,000 per quarter to donate to organizations selected by the group.
For Q3 2011, the Charitable Contributions Committee is supporting the following organizations:
- African Community Center & Safari Seconds: The African Community Center of Denver conducts educational and social service programs that help newcomers resettle in their new communities and acculturate, recover from past trauma, gain personal independence and economic self-sufficiency, and quickly become able participants and productive, contributing members of American society. For more info: http://www.acc-den.org/
- SAME Café: SAME Cafe is unique in the lack of a set menu as well as set prices. Daily selections are made using fresh, organic ingredients, and funded by the donations of patrons. Instead of a cash register, a donation box is available for one to pay what they felt their meal was worth, or to leave a little more and help out someone less fortunate. If a diner does not have sufficient money to leave, they are encouraged to exchange an hour of service. Our philosophy is that everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity.
- Pike’s Peak Challenge: The Pikes Peak Challenge Hike is a 13 mile assisted hike up the well-established Barr Trail. The event benefits the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, the ONLY statewide non-profit exclusively dedicated to brain injury. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with brain injuries and their families and support programs to prevent brain injuries. For more info: https://www.pikespeakchallenge.com/index.php?page=register
- Light the Night: Light the Night is an annual walk to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's efforts to fund research and support for people battling cancer. For more info: http://www.lightthenight.org/
- Denver Children’s Home: Denver Children's Home is the first nonprofit in the State of Colorado. Throughout their 134-year history of service, the organization has consistently met the needs of children and families. On a daily basis, DCH serves an average of over 100 children and families. In 2009, Denver Children's Home served over 5,000 children and families in our community! For more info: http://www.denverchildrenshome.org/
- Girls Metro Inc.: Girls Inc's mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The organization has developed a series of summer camps and after school programs focusing on tutoring, computer skills, health issues, career strategies and creative arts.For more info: http://www.girlsincdenver.org/home.html
- CU-Boulder - Suit yourself: CU Career Services partners every year with the Engineering BOLD Center (formerly called the Multicultural Engineering Program - MEP) and the Multicultural Business Students Association (MBSA) to collect clean, gently worn business attire from the community during the summer months. We then sell the clothes to students & alumni at low cost at the "Suit Yourself" clothing sale in the fall, so that they are well-dressed for career fairs and job interviews.
- Courage Classic: Courage Classic fundraising supports Children’s Fund for The Children’s Hospital. Children’s Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care offered to every child who walks through the doors. Children’s served more than 158,000 patients in 2010, and is expecting to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come. For more info: http://www.couragetours.com/site/pp.asp?c=5oJHLTPxFgJSG&b=6304955
- Freedom Service: Freedom Service Dogs rescues, heavily vets and trains service dogs. The service dogs are specially trained to help perform a multitude of tasks that increase the independence of individuals physically impaired as well as injured veterans transitioning to civilian life. For more info: http://www.freedomservicedogs.org/