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Gilbane Supports Employee Volunteerism With Volunteer Time Off Program

Thu April 06, 2023 - National Edition #9
Gilbane Building Company

Bill Gilbane Sr. (R), captain/chair of the 1956 United Way campaign in Rhode Island. (Photo courtesy of Gilbane Building Company)
Bill Gilbane Sr. (R), captain/chair of the 1956 United Way campaign in Rhode Island. (Photo courtesy of Gilbane Building Company)

Gilbane Building Company, one of the world's leading and longest continually-operated, family-owned construction management firms, is recognizing National Volunteer Month this April by promoting its recently initiated volunteer time off (VTO) program, which is designed to support its employees' community involvement and passion for giving back.

"Community service has been an integral part of Gilbane's culture since our company's founding over 150 years ago, and that spirit of caring is so evident in our people," said Katherine Johnson, chief human resources officer and environmental, social and governance executive leader.

"Our people at Gilbane are deeply invested in giving back to their communities. One of our ESG goals is to deepen our community involvement which is why we launched the Volunteer Time Off benefit program to support our people's volunteerism."

The VTO benefit provides each team member with four hours of paid time off per year to volunteer with a non-profit organization of their choice.

"We recognize that many of our employees are actively involved in programs that support organizations within your communities, the VTO benefit is meant to be an extension of that support by giving employees the option to perform volunteer time during regular business hours," the company said.

Since its launch in 2022, Gilbane employees across the United States have donated thousands of VTO hours to impactful organizations like the ACE Mentors Program of America, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia, Phoenix's St. Mary's Food Bank, Publicolor in New York City, Sacramento's Yolo Food Bank, the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and dozens of others.

In addition, Gilbane's seven Employee Resource Groups drive significant volunteer activities across the company. In 2022, the ERGs organized volunteer activities in 13 cities across the United States, working with more than 20 non-profit organizations.

Regionally, Gilbane's offices also contribute to volunteerism efforts. For example, Gilbane's Mid-Atlantic Division has organized an annual 7-Day Community Service Challenge. In 2022, the event engaged 267 employee volunteers based out of the Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., offices who spent 1,240 hours assisting 43 different charitable organizations.

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