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Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
PowerNet Global, 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
Allison Stevens, 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."