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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Alaska’s Giving Pipeline
Few large foundations support “the general good” or social service projects in Alaska, so the Last Frontier has a pretty thin philanthropic layer, according to United Way of Anchorage Vice President Cassandra Stalzer. However, the oil and gas industry has a history of stepping in and filling the gaps in Alaska communities by providing money and volunteers for myriad charitable efforts in the state.