In the late 90’s I worked for a company in North Carolina, Strategic Technologies, that instituted a program called OneDay, they still have this program today. From the company’s own material, “employees are encouraged to participate in our One Day program that offers staff one day out of the office, per year, to give back to the community by volunteering time and talent.” I wish more company’s would be active members of the community and create a culture of giving back. Participating in this activity was something I looked forward to and in addition to the many benefits of volunteering turned out to be an excellent team building event. (We would top the day off with some excellent North Carolina barbecue to boot.)
Fortunately, I work for a company that shares my philosophy on giving back. Today we celebrate AOL’s 27th birthday and we celebrate the day by holding our 3rd annual AOL Monster Help Day. 21 offices around the globe, nearly 3,000 employees, will be supporting 38 different charities today. I’ll be assisting my colleagues with Operation Gratitude, making care packages for deployed U.S. Service Member’s children.
We’re bringing to life AOL’s value “We’re in the business of helping people. Period.” Learn more about what I’m doing today at http://monsterhelp.aol.com.
Updated May 23, 2012: A photo from the event…