Feb. 7, 2013
, a veteran of the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years and well known for its support of local charities, included giving back to the community as part of its 20-year anniversary celebration. Through a partnership with Matthew 25: Ministries, more than 60 employees helped PowerNet Global give back by volunteering at the ministry.
Every year, the company's Charitable PTO Program provides employees with a paid day off from work to use for volunteering. "We wanted to do something bigger for our anniversary," explains
, chief operating officer. "So we offered an additional charitable PTO day to volunteer as a group at Matthew 25: Ministries. We selected Matthew 25 because we support the organization's mission to serve the poor locally and around the world."
An initial group of employees volunteered during a four-day period this fall. The group processed 800 gallons of paint – enough to paint about 150 houses – and saved roughly 1600 cans of paint from landfill, according to Joodi Archer, community liaison for Matthew 25: Ministries.
"Companies like PowerNet Global that offer incentives to their staff to act on a corporate culture of social responsibility are a valued asset to Matthew 25: Ministries," Archer notes. "By encouraging their employees to have a positive impact on the environment, the community, the country and the world, they make a statement about their culture and about their larger vision for their employees both in a business and a personal setting."
PowerNet Global's support of Matthew 25: Ministries grew unexpectedly in November, answering the ministry's need for Hurricane Sandy relief assistance. A second group of employees took the opportunity to give back, including a handful from the first volunteer group, who used either their remaining Charitable PTO day or their own PTO to volunteer a second time. "PowerNet Global is blessed as a business, and we are compelled to give back to the community," Stevens notes. "We were extremely gratified to give our employees this opportunity of time to share in our giving."