GCI Employees Set Company Volunteerism Record
More than 660 employees volunteered nearly 8,200 hours in 2018
GCI donated $5,000 to help jumpstart Habitat for Humanity Anchorage’s “1,000 Women Strong” campaign.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Whether through financial contributions, grants, in-kind donations or scholarships, GCI has a long history of supporting the causes and organizations that serve our customers. That culture of giving is bolstered by GCI employees throughout the state and in the Lower 48, who set a new company volunteerism record in 2018.
In 2018, more than 660 GCI employees participated in GCI’s Community Service Program, contributing nearly 8,200 volunteer hours to their favorite nonprofits. The 2018 data smashes the 2017 record of nearly 500 employees and more than 4,200 hours.
Employees donate their time through the GCI Community Service Program (CSP). The GCI CSP provides full-time GCI employees with 16 hours of paid time each year to volunteer with the community organization of their choice.
“GCI promotes a culture of giving back and the numbers show that our employees take this commitment to community seriously,” said Heather Handyside, GCI vice president of Corporate Communications. “From our retail store staff to our senior leadership, network engineers to field technicians, GCI employees are volunteering with local partners on the causes that matter most to them and to the communities where they live.”
In 2018 GCI employees supported dozens of nonprofits and causes including: the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Covenant House Sleep Out and Candlelight Vigil, the Alaska SeaLife Center, Habitat for Humanity, Kids Without Borders, and more.
Members of the GCI Women’s Network (GWeN) in September 2018 partnered with the Wells Fargo Women’s Team Member Network to help build a duplex on Anchorage’s east side as part of Habitat for Humanity’s “1,000 Women Strong” campaign.
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“Through the GCI Community Service Program, we were able to get out of the office for the day and help put a roof over the heads of a family in need,” said Juliana Wayman, senior director, UUI – a GCI subsidiary. “The program enables all GCI employees to be more engaged in their local communities and offer help to those who may need a little boost.”
Over the past 5 years, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.