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10 Companies That Pay Employees to Volunteer

Joseph Patterson | December 19, 2017

Happy holidays from TSheets!

Looking back on 2017, some of our best memories have been spent together, showing our love for the community we call home. We ran at annual 5Ks for the Women’s and Children's Alliance and American Cancer Society. We raked leaves with Rake Up Boise. And we personally reached out to customers affected by a devastating hurricane season. Now TSheets is gathering donations for our Holiday Giving Tree, to help Treasure Valley families in need have a more joyful holiday season. [caption id="attachment_27591" align="alignnone" width="1024"] TSheets took to the pavement this summer to support the American Cancer Society![/caption] Community service is a big part of what makes TSheets the best place to work in Idaho, and we’re excited for what 2018 has in store as we become an even bigger team of community advocates and leaders. Glassdoor recently posted its “2018 Best Places to Work: Employees’ Choice” list and we were excited to see so many well-known companies share our passion for service. Among the top 50 companies were 10 that really stood out. They not only provide opportunities for fundraising and community service, but they encourage their employees to participate by either volunteering on company time, giving employees paid time off to volunteer, matching donations, or all the above!  

Keller Williams

Keller Williams takes pride in celebrating the company’s champion and leader Mo Anderson’s birthday with Red Day. It’s a day of volunteering that encourages employees to “renew, energize, and donate” through community service.  

Ellie Mae  

Ellie Mae not only offers paid volunteer days to its employees, it matches contributions to company-sponsored fundraising, including the Family Giving Tree, Walk for Wishes for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and more throughout the Bay Area.  

E&J Gallo Winery

Working at a winery is a dream job for many people. And with the benefits and perks offered at E&J Gallo, attracting the best talent is likely as easy as uncorking a great vintage. The Modesto, California, winery and distributor offers paid time off to volunteer and charitable donation matching. And this year, the company donated $1 million to fire recovery efforts in Northern California.  


Elon Musk’s spacecraft venture is no doubt an exciting place to work. Aside from being on a team that develops and launches rockets into space, employees at SpaceX are encouraged to give back — receiving up to 20 hours PTO for their community service.  

Power Home Remodeling

This exterior remodeling company has made many top-10 lists and received awards, in the past few years, for their growth and outstanding company culture. Power Home Remodeling provides its employees with 16 hours of time off for volunteering.  


No big surprise here, but Google makes these lists for a reason. The Silicon Valley tech giant gives its employee 20 hours of paid time off to volunteer. This year, Google also announced its donation of $1 billion, which will go to organizations that work to improve education, economic opportunity, and inclusion.  


Okay, maybe we’re biased, but we love Inuit! Intuit shows they care about the causes that matter to their employees with their volunteer benefit. Employees are given 32 hours of time off to volunteer. Plus, Intuit will match employee charitable donations up to $5,000.  

Southwest Airlines  

One of the most beloved US airlines, Southwest’s Tickets for Time program donates a round-trip plane ticket to a nonprofit for every 40 hours of service a Southwest employee provides.  


Employees at VMware receive 40 “service learning” hours. The cloud computing and virtualization software company pairs a group of employees with a nonprofit for the purpose of sharing time and knowledge. Lessons employees learn while volunteering are then reported back to the larger VMware team.  

Johnson & Johnson  

Among Johnson & Johnson’s incredible benefits — including pet health insurance, adoption assistance, and breast milk shipping for traveling mothers — is two weeks of time off to volunteer, one of which J&J pays for in full.  

How does your company plan to give back this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!

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