Webster Bank in Waterbury, Connecticut. Webster pays employees for 16 volunteer hours per year. Last year more than 800 employees (about 20 percent) volunteered 65,000 hours of service. Fourteen won awards in Webster's Volunteer Recognition Program.
Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, New York. The Reader's Digest Foundation is the impetus for numerous volunteer programs that focus on bringing education, literacy and learning experiences to children in underserved communities. Plus, the foundation supports employee personal causes through a Volunteer Incentive Program that pays grants on behalf of employees who volunteer.
CNA Corp. in Alexandria, Virginia. Volunteerism is embedded in its culture, having become "infectious," in the words of one employee. For many years, its "Adopt a School" program has adopted a school across the street from its offices--and, as a thank you, students cross the street to perform at the company's holiday party each year.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in Phoenix. Community involvement is one of Desert Schools' "Big Four" corporate goals. Its "Communi-Team" even does the research for employees, selecting a worthy community event each month. Employees can just throw on their Communi-Team shirt and join the crowd.
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