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Paid time off for volunteering at Chesapeake Bank

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm

In 2018, Chesapeake Bank employees broke their record for volunteer hours served. To spur the momentum of community service, the bank has started offering all staff paid time off to volunteer.

Chesapeake has an internal system where employees report their volunteering. When the numbers were tallied for 2018, the results showed 90 employees volunteered a total of 6,150 hours, up from 5,227 hours in 2017.

Employees helped organizations including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, The Haven Shelter & Services and Habitat for Humanity. Employees devoted time and effort for Chamber of Commerce events and local churches. Some of the bank’s employees also serve as volunteer first responders.

Last year all of bank employees’ volunteer time was unpaid. But in 2019, Chesapeake launched a program that provides full-time employees with 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer, and part-time employees are given eight paid hours.

Individuals get to choose the causes and events they volunteer for, subject to approval, allowing everyone to make an impact where they see fit.

To sweeten the deal, Chesapeake recognizes the volunteer of the month, based on who served the most hours during that period, and gives that individual a gift card.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 4/24/19