Volunteerism Adds Up
Investing in the community with time, not just dollars
Since our volunteer program, Blue CorpsSM , began in 2008, employees have volunteered more than 500,000 hours. In June of 2017, Texas employee Arlene Grimes carried the company across this impressive milestone by logging the 500,000th hour.
Employees volunteer in their communities for a variety of causes. Arlene dedicates much of her free time to a local animal shelter. She has volunteered at adoption events and helped raise awareness through social media for more than four years. At work, Arlene is an IT process design and governance analyst in our Richardson office.
“I know everyone is pressed for time,” Arlene says. “It doesn’t matter what you do or how much time you put in, you will get so much right back. If our company shows enough effort to support you volunteering, then I am going to do it.”
Other employees volunteer their time coordinating 5Ks, organizing food drives, planting community gardens and hundreds of other activities, even teaching flamenco dancing to seniors. Anna Pena, a quality management specialist, teaches Spanish folk dance each month at the WellMed Charitable Foundation Senior Community Center in Austin, Texas.
This year also marked the beginning of a pro bono legal assistance program, with many of our company’s attorneys participating. Through this effort, our attorneys are supporting the following organizations:
- Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago: Volunteers assist low-income and immigrant populations in expunging minor legal offenses from their records so they can better access jobs and housing.
- Equip for Equality, Chicago: Volunteers help families of children with disabilities to help them better access placement in special education programs.
- National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago: Volunteers counsel immigrants and asylum seekers, and fight for fair immigration reform and an end to inhumane immigration detention.
- Tulsa Lawyers for Children, Tulsa: Volunteers assist children who have been abused and are in state custody to help them access legal, medical, educational and mental health rights.
Volunteering at HCSC also comes with a donation check for many organizations. Through our Blue Corps matching dollars program, we donate $20 for every hour volunteered with one of our health-related nonprofit community partners, doubling the impact of our employees’ time. This resulted in awarding 395 community partners more than $429,000 in matching dollars across our five states in 2017.
And now that we’ve passed the half-million mark with our volunteer hours, we want to do more. We are challenging our employees to make a huge community impact by doubling that number over the next three years. Our new target is to volunteer one million hours by 2021. To get there, we will ask each employee to pledge at least eight hours of volunteer time per year.
* One hour of volunteering has a $24.14 cash equivalent, as calculated by Independent Sector from data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017)