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Do You Get Paid Time Off For Volunteering?

I'd say the biggest obstacle in the way of volunteering is a lack of time. For opportunities that require a lengthy commitment, or involve weekend work, it's harder to confidently say yes without fear of backing out. However, what if you had a motivation to do this when you'd normally be working?

More and more companies are offering paid time off for volunteer work of any kind — my friend gets 40 hours a year at CNN — that can be used however they see fit. Some may use a holiday to donate that day to do good while others spread that time out to a couple hours each week volunteering at a program that happens before the end of a normal work day. Does your job offer such an incentive and do you take it?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
That'd be so awesome! It would totally work in our setting--our lab is attached to a hospital and nursing home and there would be plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
My company does actually provide this option. And with the Disney "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" it could be like a double-whammy.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I wish. I've worked for small companies and I've never had it offered.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'd love this ! my husband and I volunteer once a week at our local animal shelter.. would love to put in more hours there.
chivasinstead chivasinstead 7 years
The company I work for allows for salaried workers to take paid time off to volunteer. Lowly hourlies, like myself, have to have manager permission - which never happens. I'm a little mad about it because I took this job with this company thinking that I'd have that benefit (basically, they lied to me).
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 7 years
At my previous job, we had a day where we could volunteer and still get paid for the day. The company's HR department organized everything and it was a lot of fun. My current company is much smaller and doesn't participate in anything like that.
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