We here at ReadyTalk are devoted to giving our best to our clients, our teams, and our employees. Beyond fostering a culture of superior support and constant improvement, ReadyTalk does all that it can to spread its giving spirit far and wide.
So, how do we embrace this #GivingChampion culture of ours?
As ReadyTalk employees, we are encouraged to put our 20 hours of paid volunteer time and donation matching to good use. You read that right, I do get paid to volunteer for organizations that mean a great deal to me, and our Giving Committee will match my donations, how supportive/cool is that? (Yes, we are hiring).
We take full advantage of this awesome program, and the #GivingChampion energy around the office is both palpable and contagious. In 2015 alone, our employees and Giving Committee supported a combined 57 charities, and donated a total of almost $41,500! In the name of constant improvement, the good money is on us breaking these records in 2016.
While ReadyTalk is a #GivingChampion year-round, the holiday spirit adds an extra sprinkle of generosity to our endeavors. This month, we are donating gifts to 69 of the kids placed in the Denver Children’s Home, and participating in Colorado Gives Day to stretch our impact even further.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
ReadyTalkers have supported a variety of charities, from Big Brothers Big Sisters to Habitat for Humanity. Personally, I spend most of my volunteering time working with Babywearing International of Denver/Front Range (BWI/DFR) – think baby backpacks, but safe and comfortable – and the Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Thanks to ReadyTalk being my #GivingChampion, I have be able to help grow BWI/DFR’s volunteer base, meeting availability, and student access to resources. When I need to hold a committee conference call, teach a class, or foster stakeholder relationships I know that I can do so without worry.
Beyond the financial support, ReadyTalk’s culture of giving transforms the act of volunteering – something that could easily be seen as a work place faux pas – into a rally cry. We celebrate and support one another’s efforts, and we always have to opportunity to embrace the generosity of the Giving Committee.
Every ReadyTalker is encouraged to request funds from the committee to support volunteer passion projects. Having been immersed in our giving culture for just under a year, I was a bit apprehensive to take full advantage of our giving programs (perhaps I had a touch of the “too good to be true” heebies jeebies). Suffice it to say, I was a bit taken aback by the support and encouragement that the company offers to us givers.
I guess I shouldn’t have been so shocked to receive a $500 grant to support BWI/DFR’s low-income, low-access student outreach initiatives. I mean, one of our Core Values is accountability. We do what we say we’ll do.
Who is Your #GivingChampion?
Fostering a culture that ensures that even the newest employees feel comfortable both taking their volunteer hours, and requesting additional financial support for their philanthropic projects is impressive, to say the least.
But we can always improve, and would love to hear how your organization acts as your #GivingChampion. How do they support and encourage your efforts? How is giving engrained in your culture? Do you and your colleagues volunteer together? Please share your thoughts below!