In our last MarkTank, a panel in which employees can pitch their ideas to our Executive Leadership Team, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Limor Pickholz, pitched a Volunteer Time Off Policy! The policy was implemented to offer a chance for employees to take paid time off to volunteer at local charitable organizations they feel strongly about. Some of the organizations suggested are Greater Boston Food Bank, Rosie’s Place, Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Employees are allowed 24 hours per year to volunteer.
This type of policy fits in perfectly with our cause and culture of giving back; mentoring! Every year, members of the ALKrew participate in numerous events related to mentoring. For example, Rodman Ride for Kids, a 25-mile bike race in support of Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Recently, our Medical Device division took the day to volunteer at the Boston Children’s Hospital Corporate Cup at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA. They competed in team-building activities like Tug Of War, Planking, Rowing, Cornhole, and a 50 Yard Relay. They placed 2nd overall and raised a whopping $3,615 for the kids of Boston Children’s Hospital!
“It’s rare to get the ability to step away from our normal routine and come together as a group working towards another goal. Taking that time outside of the office to get to know each other, was a huge step forward growing as a team. We loved supporting Boston Children’s Hospital, and we’ll be returning next year for the Cup!” says Patty Blanchard, Medical Device Recruiting Manager. Many ALKU employees volunteer in their own communities in their own time as well, that’s why our VTO Policy is such a hit!