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.
163 volunteer hours!
This past month, Matter employees nationwide reached a combined total of 163 volunteer hours. This brings the current yearly total to 741, well on the way to the yearly goal of 1000 hours.
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.
A group from the Newburyport office volunteered at Seacoast Family Promise. This organization’s mission is to empower families with children experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. The group helped organize their pantry, landscaping, and cleaned the donation area. Check out the video!
A few employees in the office volunteered at the Hill House, a community center in Boston, and served dinner to seniors.
The Boston office also partnered with a project called “Changing Course” which is a sculptural project that is made up of thousands of plastic water bottles collected from the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. The project is a collaboration effort between Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a non-profit, public interest harbor advocacy organization and the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP). The office painted 40 plastic water bottles which were then hung at Boston City Hall and City Hall plaza for the Greenfest event.
The Boulder office volunteered at Crayons to Calculators, a school-supply drive created to ensure that local students head back to school with the tools they need to succeed. They were part of packing over 5,500 backpacks filled with school supplies.
A few employees from our Providence office volunteered at the Roger Williams National park and helped with some spring cleaning- such as raking and gardening.
All offices partnered with the Refugee Services of Texas. RSTx is one of the few organizations leading an “Unaccompanied Children Program” which helps to reunite children with their families after they are released from the detention centers. We filled several boxes of non-perishable foods items and hygiene products.