I start to anticipate my “Head Start day” even before it arrives each Wednesday. I really look forward to getting to the classroom full of 3 to 5 year-olds, sitting them down in front of me, and filling their little minds with wonderful stories.
Whether it’s Dr. Seuss, Fancy Nancy or Good Night, Moon, reading to kids is a great way to spark their imaginations and stimulate their learning – so I am so grateful to work at a place where the leadership gives me the opportunity to take an hour from my workweek, every week, to invest in the lives of children.
I’m in my second year as a volunteer reader for Head Start in Danbury, a non-profit agency that provides health, nutrition, education and mental health services to families. I really enjoy going because I get to interact with kids, which I love. And they seem to be having a good time too! I spent nine years in the Bethel School system, working with special education kids there, so this allows me to continue to give back to the community by doing something that I really enjoy.
Being allowed to do this is just one of many reasons why I love working at The Network Support Company. In my eyes, this shows the importance my company places on building into the lives of its employees, as well as investing in our community. They really walk the talk when it comes to being a good corporate citizen in our community.
There are plenty of studies that say that providing time off for volunteering is the most effective tactic to increasing employee satisfaction (one study by the group ‘Realized Worth’ says 47% of employees indicate that). I’m sure it’s very true. But what’s different about TNSC is that volunteering is not allowed here just to make employees happy; our CEO allows it because he believes that investing in the community and helping others is simply the right thing to do. And it’s because of THAT that I – and my coworkers – love working here. It’s because of THAT that we’re committed to doing our very best for our company.