March was a busy month, both here at Ian Martin but more importantly beyond our doors, in our community. At the beginning of March, we launched a month long push to get our employees volunteering. As a company we’ve committed to achieving an annual goal of giving back 1860 hours; the number of hours a typical technical consultant works in a year.
We encourage everyone at Ian Martin to go out and volunteer together anywhere and anytime (yes, even occasionally during work hours!).
Today I can proudly say that we did it, we hit our goal – together we have given back 1884 hours.
How do we know?
Our fellow BCorp; Benevity has an awesome tracking platform that allows our employees to track their fundraising and volunteer activities and gives us company wide metrics.
For each hour our employees give back they receive:
3 points – Meaningful Work (causes that directly aid in helping people find jobs in their area of expertise)
1 points – Causes that are awesome, but don’t directly align with “meaningful work”.
In May we will be recognizing the individual with the most volunteering points with the new Bill and Gail Masson Stewardship Award – a celebration of Bill and Gail’s legacy and the generosity of individuals who are giving of their time and expertise to bring about a world where each and every person can pursue meaningful work.
On that note here are some highlights from the month of volunteering:
Our Orientation Team kicked off the month by giving back at the Daily Bread Food Bank, we sorted over 3800 lbs of food, enough to feed 258 people.
A team of colleagues and their families in Oakville spent a few hours on the weekend giving back at Kerr Street Ministries
If you could volunteer anywhere in the world, where would you go?