Safelite AutoGlass’ annual two-day time-card donation gives employees a choice in volunteer work Featured

7:01pm EDT December 31, 2011
Tom Feeney Tom Feeney

Medical Mutual 2011 Pillar Award

for Community Service — Columbus

It’s one thing to encourage your employees to be active in the community and give back to those who have less than you do. It’s quite another to give your employees two days off each year to go help those who need it, but that’s what happens at Safelite AutoGlass.

For one of those two days, employees can help any organization they like. On the other day, employees go as a team or a department and work together to give back. Much great work is done on these two days, but it doesn’t mean the other 363 days each year are forgotten.

Take Safelite’s efforts with Meals on Wheels for example. More than 40 Columbus-based associates donate their lunch hour and one paid volunteer hour each month to deliver food to seniors through the local Meals on Wheels Adopt-a-Route program. It takes about two hours to complete a route in pairs and President and CEO Tom Feeney says it makes a huge difference.

“I appreciate our associates’ support of this program because it saves LifeCare Alliance $12,000 per year, which is equivalent of the salary of a paid driver,” Feeney says. “More importantly, our volunteers might be the only smiling faces the Meals on Wheels clients see each day.”

Safelite is also a regular contributor to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and this year, it added a special event to its support. The company held a hot dog sale and executive balloon toss that raised more than $3,200 for the food bank and gave employees a chance to pelt their favorite leader with a water balloon.

In addition to these causes, Safelite is part of the effort to ensure Columbus is prepared should disaster strike. The company is the lead sponsor for the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus’s Ready When the Time Comes program for 2011 and 2012.

How to reach: Safelite AutoGlass, (614) 210-9000 or www.safelite.com