It's A Given Sure, charities and nonprofits benefit from employee volunteer programs, but what about your business?
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For office manager Joan Baron of Alternate Access Inc., acomputer-telephony company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, theworkday is full of little details. But what makes her day evenbusier is her volunteer work for Project Tanzania, a groupsearching for solutions to the poverty and famine problems inAfrica. Baron occasionally makes time for her volunteer work whileon the job, sometimes sending a few e-mails and faxes from theoffice on behalf of the organization, or taking a few hours awayfrom the office to help out. "[Volunteering] is a part of whoI am," she says.
It's also a big part of who Alternate Access' owners,Kelly and Adrienne Lumpkin, are. Throughout the com-pany's7-year history, community service has offered a welcome diversionfrom building the company. Adrienne is active in JuniorAchievement, and the couple even met while volunteering for acollege MBA organization.
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