I came across a quote online that was written by the well-known actor, Will Smith. It read, “I want the world to be different because I was here. However lofty or crazy or delusional that may sound, I want people’s lives to be better because I was here.” Will may have played a few ‘out there’ characters during his acting career, but his mission to leave the world a better place and make an impact on people’s lives is far from delusional to the employees at Code42.
We believe so strongly and wholeheartedly in leaving the world a better place that we made it one of our core values. In pursuit of that value, Code42 offers every employee two paid volunteer time off (VTO) days a year. Employees can give back to the community that they live and work in by sharing their time, talents and resources with a charitable cause or non-profit organization. The best part is that the employees are not directed to a specific organization. They choose the organization that matters most to them.
As a company, we believe that we have a corporate social responsibility to better the experience of those we share this world with. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Various departments at Code42 listened to this call and chose to volunteer as a team. The benefits of volunteering as a team are endless. By volunteering together, you not only help others, but also help yourself improve as a person. Giving back creates an opportunity for the team to help make change in a community and work towards something great together, all while building your own self-worth.
We are proud to say that in 2017 Code42 employees contributed more than 3,700 volunteer hours as part of our Code42 Cares initiative. The VTO program is an employee driven, grassroots committee that organizes and supports employees to volunteer. This committee does more than just provide volunteer opportunities. They go above and beyond their normal full-time job responsibilities to provide enriching life experiences that impact people personally and professionally.
In 2017, Code42 employees participated in a wide variety of volunteer activities, including working with the Build-A-Wheelchair Foundation, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Employees have knit hats and scarves for the homeless, built bicycles for underprivileged children and packed 53,000 pounds of food at Second Harvest Heartland, an organization that collects and distributes food through various programs and services. One employee-led effort – the Extra Life charitable gaming marathon – raised over $10,000 for a local children’s hospital.
Code42’s commitment to giving back has not gone unnoticed by the organizations with which our employees have volunteered.
“The Sheridan Story’s mission is to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships, and we can’t do it without the community.” said Rob Williams, executive director at The Sheridan Story. “Volunteering is one of the most important ways to make an impact, and we are incredibly thankful for our friends at Code42. I appreciate the company’s commitment to providing paid time off for their employees to serve with their time.”
If you are looking for a career that challenges you, inspires you and truly emphasizes helping others, then check out the open positions at Code42 here. We invite you to help us leave the world a better place. #becode42