Among the benefits offered by Seattle-based global IT consulting and
services provider Avanade (an i4cp member), to its employees is eight paid hours
to volunteer in the community each year.
The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has obviously curtailed
employees’ ability to get out into their communities to carry out philanthropic
efforts in meaningful ways. But it hasn’t stopped them altogether, and Avanade
is encouraging its 30,000+ workforce—to the extent that they can—to use their
volunteer hours to help those most affected by the pandemic.
Additionally, Avanade has temporarily removed
the annual eight-hour cap on paid volunteer hours and has expanded the scope of
its corporate volunteerism beyond 501 (c)(3) and non-governmental organizations.
This allows employees to simply do good in their communities in any ways they
can, such as doing the grocery shopping for an elderly or immune-compromised
neighbor, for example.