Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from a longer blog from Deb Bauer that appeared at CSRwire. Click here to read the full text.
Creating a culture of volunteerism isn’t just good for our communities — it’s vital for Dell’s business.
Through conversations with our nonprofit partners, Dell knows that person-power can amplify the effect of our grants; this is especially important in today’s economy, where every dollar is stretched for as much return as possible. At the same time, this service boosts team-member morale and engages them in our company and the community, making them happier in their careers and more loyal to Dell.
Just three years ago, our team members volunteered approximately 200,000 hours annually. In our recently ended fiscal year, we more than tripled that total to 700,000 hours. And more than half our team members participated — 56 percent. Their reach is truly global and touches thousands of charities in 60 countries, with highest participation in Asia and Latin America, according to our global tracking.
Several initiatives have fueled our community service charge:
These and other efforts have transformed our collective thinking about community service. Our team members are helping young cancer patients in France use technology to stay in touch with loved ones, mentoring underserved children in computer labs, even helping the Red Cross use social media to better target humanitarian aid. For this fiscal year, we’ve set a goal of 750,000 hours and maintaining at least 50 percent team member participation.
To learn more about Dell’s work in the community, visit Dell.com/communities or let me know your thoughts at @DebBatDell.
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