Guest Post: Be A Part of Something Bigger — Together in Action

In today’s world, it is so easy to get caught up in our own agenda and what “I” need to do. When you volunteer, you are selflessly giving of your time and energy to be a part of something greater than yourself.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America issued a report showing that Americans significantly increased their commitment to volunteering and civic engagement in 2011, with the national volunteer rate reaching a five-year high as 64.3 million Americans volunteered through an organization, an increase of 1.5 million from 2010.

Giving back is very important to the future of our society, and when companies start taking an active role and encouraging employees we can accomplish great things!

One Islandia based tech company is going the extra mile and rallying their troops in each of their offices across the country to give back!

CA Technologies is a global corporation with a local commitment and celebrating its 8th annual global employee volunteer program: CA Together in Action.

The volunteer efforts are in full swing happening throughout the month of October in locations such as Islandia, NY; Framingham, MA; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Portsmouth, NH; Plano, TX; Lisle, IL.

Every year, employees take time out of their normal business day to enrich the lives and well-being of others in their communities. By supporting a wide range of local nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, employees give back through volunteer efforts. Volunteer projects include technology programs for under-served youth, environmental clean-ups, building affordable housing and assisting food banks with feeding the hungry.

CA Technologies_HFH_3Since its inception in 2005, CA Together in Action has collectively provided support to more than 1,000 volunteer projects with approximately 45,000 hours of community service. Employees are able to use up to three work days each year to volunteer with organizations of their choice.

Abby Gronberg from The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation explains that “We appreciate CA Technologies participating in our beach cleanups and enjoy working with this group of dedicated volunteers,” adding that, “In 2012, we collected 12,477 pounds of debris from 219 cleanups. Every little bit helps, and we are so grateful for CA Technologies and the hard work their volunteers do to keep New Hampshire clean and safe for everyone.”

CA Technologies_Islandia_RMSP 1The volunteer efforts even have a international reach. “SOS Villaggi dei Bambini has partnered with CA Technologies since 2008,” said Franco Muzio, National Director, SOS Villaggi dei Bambini Italia. “CA Together in Action is such a positive program that brings supportive and enthusiastic CA Technologies employees together to help support the important work we do for the children and families we work with.”

Check out this video here to see how employees are giving back to the communities where they live and work!

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Written by Whitney Delano

Whitney Delano

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