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Volunteers! Get Dollars for Doers

How would you like to financially support Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) without having to spend your hard-earned cash? You may be able to with a program called Dollars for Doers.

You may be asking, “What is Dollars for Doers?” Well, it and other programs like it are philanthropic programs offered by corporations. These programs provide monetary donations to non-profits when employees (and sometimes even retirees or spouses) volunteer. These grants are typically based on the number of hours the employee gives. Each company has different guidelines and specific requirements so be sure to check with your employer.

Here are some good examples. Aetna provides a $300 grant after an employee volunteers a minimum of 20 hours. Coinstar (owner of Redbox) also offers a great program; the company generously gives $15 an hour for your volunteer time and only asks for a minimum of 10 volunteer hours per calendar year. Some companies, including Kohl’s, Verizon, and IBM, offer Team Grants for employees who donate their time as a group.

Forty percent of Fortune 500 companies and many other businesses offer some form of a volunteer grant program as a way to bolster their community involvement. With an average volunteer grant of $10-$15 per hour, these donations could add up quickly, especially considering CFPA had over 30,000 volunteer hours in 2014!

We have begun to compile a list of companies that have Dollars for Doers programs but we could use your help. If the company you work for is not on the list we have, please check with your employer and let us know what you find!

Involving yourself in these programs is a golden opportunity to support CFPA financially without opening your wallet or checkbook.  It’s an easy way for your time and effort to go even further.

Sample names for this program:
• Dollar for Hour
• Grants for Great Hours
• Grant Incentives for Volunteerism
• Matching Gifts of Time
• Matching Hours
• Volunteer Grants

Partial list of participating Employers:

3M (including retirees) Disney and Subsidiaries Pfizer
Adobe Dominion Pitney Bowes
Aetna (including retirees) eBay and Subsidiaries PPG Industries
Alcoa Eversource Energy Prudential Financial (including retirees)
Allstate ExxonMobil RealNetworks
Bank of America (including retirees) Geico Redbox and Subsidiaries
Best Buy IBM Sprint and Subsidiaries
C&S Wholesale Grocers ING State Farm (including retirees)
CarMax International Paper Time Warner and Subsidiaries
Coinstar Kimberly-Clark (including spouses) US Bancorp/ US Bank
Connecticut Natural Gas Corp Lincoln Financial Group  UTC and Subsidiaries
ConocoPhillips (including retirees) McGraw-Hill/ J.D. Power Verizon
CVS/Caremark Medtronic, Inc. Wal-mart and Subsidiaries
Dell Microsoft