Monday, November 24, 2008

Washington Post reports that firms encourage employee volunteer work on billable time

The Washington Post Business section Sunday Nov. 23 reports (on p F1) that accounting and consulting firms, in a time of lower billable hours because of the economy, are encouraging associates to do volunteer work on company time. The story by Nancy Trejos is “Employers encourage workers to volunteer: Even as grants fall, firms offer services, “ link here.

For example, in Washington a Deloitte associate volunteered for the Boys and Girls clubs. Some volunteer assignments might involved working with kids, and some non-parents might not be as comfortable with this. UPS has formed a volunteer response team for natural disasters. AOL has supported St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Deloitte has also helped families with tax returns at Annandale High School in Fairfax County, VA. When I was substitute teaching in 2007, Deloitte send a volunteer team to help reorganize the school library at Bryant Alternative High School, also in Fairfax County.

Some companies, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have to watch their charitable programs carefully during the financial crisis. In December 2007, Freddie Mac had sponsored the Adoption Expo in the Washingto DC Convention Center.

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