Matter’s Helping Hands initiative encourages a nationwide community service effort that is rewarding and fulfilling for all of the employees. With 1000 plus hours of impactful volunteer work done each year, Matter is truly making an impact on its surrounding communities.
58.5 volunteer hours!
This past month, Matter employees nationwide reached a combined total of 58.5 volunteer hours. This brings the current yearly total to 959, which is closely nearing the 1000 hour goal for the year.
Matter is one of the many companies that offer employees time to volunteer during work hours, a concept becoming known as VTO (Volunteer Time Off). VTO does not cut into an employee’s sick or vacation time; it is a tangible benefit above regular PTO. If you are considering adding VTO to your benefits package, you should know that it is known to aid in recruitment, retention and corporate visibility. In an article in Fortune, it is stated that employees feel a deeper connection and commitment to the work when they get to participate versus there being a corporate donation. This month, Matter employees were thrilled to help make an impact and volunteer with a few different organizations.
This past month, a few of our Newburyport employees (and their dogs) participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Portsmouth, NH. This event is held annually to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
A group from the PVD office collected books for Books are Wings, a local non-profit that promotes literacy in low-income areas of Rhode Island.
The Portland office volunteered at the Oregon Humane Society, which is the largest humane society in the Northwest, and adopts more animals from its Portland shelter than any other single-facility shelter on the West Coast.