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Offering employees paid time off to volunteer for causes they care about has become an increasingly popular company perk. Corporate Social Responsibility, as it’s formally known, can sound stuffy, but depending on the company it can mean trips to Chile, donating resources to those less fortunate, teaching students abroad, and even free money in the form of matching gifts.

Employers are now offering a variety of ways to give back that aren’t designed to serve the company but are customizable to the employee. Check out these 10 companies committed to volunteerism and encouraging their employees to give back during the workweek.

AppDynamics
Volunteer Details: AppDynamics gives its employees 5 paid volunteer days off every year. They also have a community-focused program called AppD Cares that emboldens its people to come together and give back in ways that are most meaningful to them. “We chose to spend our week volunteering and celebrating the local traditions in a little town in San Pancho, Mexico and it has forever changed our hearts. Our time with Entreamigos was spent helping local children celebrate the holidays at their annual Christmas Posada (party), preparing meals for the fellow volunteers and staff to keep them fueled, and organize their offices to keep them successful and prepared for the new year! We are so grateful that we had the ability to take this trip with our VTO program and go anywhere in the world, doing any volunteer activity we were interested in. This organization has made a big impact on their small community and we were so glad to be a part of it! Since this program refreshes each year, we will definitely be back for more in 2019!” —Lauren Levy and Heidi Newiger, AppDynamics employees
Open Roles: Enterprise Sales Representative, Sr. Consultant, Senior Software Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Product Specialist, IT Integration Team Lead, Data Scientist, Technical Writer, Digital Content Operations Specialist & more.
Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; Milwaukee, WI; Washington, DC & more.

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Colgate-Palmolive
Volunteer Details: Given that caring is one of their core values, Colgate has Colgate Cares Day where teams from across the globe give back to community programs and in service projects to help make the world healthier and happier. Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® reaches children around the world with free dental screenings and oral health education. “Clean Hands, Good Health” works to encourage children to wash their hands by providing handwashing educational resources. Plus, they provide free education along with preventive and restorative care to underserved children who may not have access to dental care.
Open Roles: Retail Marketing Specialist, Regulatory Affairs Supervisor, Controls Technician, Oral Care Consultant, Food Safety Technician, Associate Scientist, IT Operations Intern, Brand Manager & more.
Where Hiring: Atlanta, GA; Topeka, KS; Piscataway, NJ; Charlotte, NC; Hodges, SC; Seattle, WA; San Juan, PR; New York, NY & more.

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TransUnion
Volunteer Details: TransUnion provides U.S.-based associates with a Volunteer Time Off day each year which can be used to donate time outside the office to a cause that matters to them. They also offer a matching gift program for associates who choose to make financial contributions to their selected causes. TransUnion will match up to $2,000 per year for each associate, in support of donations made to 501c3 organizations.
Open Roles: Java Web Developer, Threat Intelligence Analyst, Lead SOC Analyst, Marketing Campaign Planner, Sales Operation Specialist, Customer Support Operations, Solution Sales Advisor, Software Engineer & more.
Where Hiring: Chicago, IL; Fremont, CA; Crum Lynne, PA; Arapahoe, CO & more.

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Solstice
Volunteer Details: The consulting firm has Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (FBDO) which is an extra PTO day which allows Solsties to play hooky together. The only rule? They must do something epic! “We exist to prove what humanity is capable of. This can be done through pair-programming, on the client site, within our own personal culture, through philanthropic work, and through our R&D programs to better serve our Chicago tech community & the world at large.” Employees also receive a $5,000 annual self-directed training budget which they can use on trainings, books, conferences, etc. for their personal & professional growth.
Open Roles: Mobile Architect, Scrum Master, Lead Developer, Principal/Director of Program Delivery, Product Consultant, Agile Transformation Coach, Senior UX Researcher, DevOps Platform Engineer, Director of Partnerships & more.
Where Hiring: New York, NY; Chicago, IL & more.

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McKesson
Volunteer Details: As one of the leading healthcare companies, McKesson supports employee giving through Matching Gifts, up to $2,500 per employee each year. The also host their annual Community Days employee volunteer event and the McKesson in Motion charity wellness challenge. When employees sign up, they earn funds for community partners. If an employee is going through a tough time, McKesson’s Taking Care of Our Own Fund provides grants to employees going through financial hardship due to natural disasters, serious illness, and other unexpected events. It’s supported by donations from the company, the McKesson Foundation, and employees.
Open Roles: SAP Functional Analyst, Director of Records & Information Management, VP of HRBP, Director of Training Contact Center, Sr Director of Corporate Strategy, Database Architect, Director of Corporate FP&A, Sr. Java Software Engineer & more.
Where Hiring: Dallas, TX; Richmond, VA; Alpharetta, GA & more.

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Salesforce
Volunteer Details: “Salesforce leverages our technology, people, and resources to improve communities throughout the world. We call our integrated philanthropic approach the 1-1-1 model. Since our founding, we have given more than $240 million in grants, 3.5 million hours of community service, and provided product donations for more than 39,000 nonprofits and education institutions.”
Open Roles: Director of Speakers Bureau, Engineering Manager, Workday Engineer, Sr. Manager Renewal Operations, Senior Manager of Software Engineer, DevOps Engineers, Manager of Revenue Accounting, Product Manager, Data Science and Machine Learning Technical Director & more.
Where Hiring: San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Indianapolis, IN; Cambridge, MA; Herndon, VA; Dallas, TX; New York, NY; Mountain View, CA; Atlanta, GA & more.

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NVIDIA
Volunteer Details: The NVIDIA Foundation’s initiatives benefit communities around the world through diverse efforts such as grants to accelerate cancer research and support patient care, a new AI-focused youth education initiative, and their employees’ numerous volunteer efforts. NVIDIA and its employees donated nearly $4.4 million and more than 9,000 volunteer hours in FY18 to support the work of nonprofits across the globe.
Open Roles: Senior Logic Design Engineer, Offensive Firmware Security Researcher, Senior Tesla Systems Software Engineer, Account Manager, Senior Data Engineer, Project Manager, System Software Manager, Service Reliability Engineer, Games Applications Engineer & more.
Where Hiring: Santa Clara, CA; Oakland, CA; Westford, MA; Durham, NC; Austin, TX & more.

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3M
Volunteer Details: 3Mgives supports initiatives that increase student interest in STEM and business to help build a diverse pipeline of future leaders. For example, our 3M Visiting Wizards program shares the magic of science with students through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. More than 800,000 students have seen science applied in demonstrations ranging from catapults to cryogenics. 3Mgives invests in programs that foster sustainable communities. In one example, 3M committed a $5 million investment to the Closed Loop Fund, a collaborative social impact resource that provides municipalities with access to capital needed to build comprehensive recycling programs.
Open Roles: Inside Sales Representative, IT Solution Manager Analyst, Key Account Market Manager, Production Operator, Quality Auditor, Senior Quality Engineer, Automation Engineer, Process Engineer, Principal Mechanical Engineer & more.
Where Hiring: Saint Paul, MN; San Francisco, CA; Flemington, NJ; Maplewood, MN; Monroe, NC; Murray, UT; Springfield, IL; Washington, DC & more.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Volunteer Details: While the Gates Foundation works globally, they recognize that improving people’s lives often happens at the local level, where individuals take action in their own communities. Through 3:1 matching for employee charitable giving, paid time for volunteering, board service matching, community grantmaking, grantee site visits, our speakers bureau, and events throughout the year, employees have many opportunities to develop relationships with organizations that they personally care about.
Open Roles: Senior Program Officer, Research Project Manager, Deputy Director of Gender Integration, Interim Business Analyst, Senior Program Assisntant Senior Security Specialist, Associate Strategy Officer, Deputy Director of Strategy & more.
Where Hiring: Seattle, WA

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Patagonia
Volunteer Details: Patagonia gives employees throughout the worldwide operations a number of interesting opportunities to support environmental work. 55 Patagonia employees have traveled to Chilean Patagonia at company expense to spend three weeks helping to restore a former sheep ranch and create what will soon become Chile’s newest national park. Every June, bicycle-loving employees throughout the company gather to celebrate and encourage sustainable commuting to work. Since 1993, Patagonia employees at their headquarters and store in Ventura have staged an annual 5K community fun run with all proceeds going to local environmental nonprofit groups.
Open Roles: Graphic Production Artist, Director of Photo Studio, Global Marketing Manager, Director of Customer Service, Assistant Store Manager, Video Editor, Material Developer, Environmental Programs Officer & more.
Where Hiring: Palo Alto, CA; Ventura, CA: Reno, NV; Boulder, CO; New York, NY & more.

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