What if…… corporations that allowed their full-time employee's to volunteer just one week a year and go out on emergency relief missions or other rescue work with the sponsorship of paying their employee for that time instead of the employee is taking vacation/PTO or unpaid time to do so. I believe this would allow people who do not have much vacation or PTO time to take the opportunity to still volunteer. In exchange, that person wears a newly designed shirt/jacket that says XYZ Corporation is proudly working with rescue group like Humane Society, Red Cross, ASPCA, or the many other smaller rescues. The corporation/company then gains positive recognition for this effort. It is sad that have to add, the “company then gains positive recognition for this effort,” but let’s be honest most companies will not do it if they are not recognized for it. So we have to give them a reason to do it.
I genuinely believe there would be more boots on the ground if people had the time to take instead of worrying what happens if they run out time, go unpaid or worse lose their job because they ran over there “allowed time off.”
What can you do….Talk to your company and ask them if they would be interested in participating in this. If so, contact your rescue group of choice and work out the details. Maybe if this catches on we can start a nationwide program, or even better a world wide program!!!!!!!
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