Last week, Concur was honored with the 2017 Governor's Volunteer Service Award for Employer-Based Programs at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on Volunteer Appreciation Day. Governor Jay Inslee commended this year’s outstanding 18 award winners who are nominated by public, private and nonprofit organizations and volunteer centers across the state, Concur being the only company recognized, nominated by United Way of King County.
Concur regularly partners with United Way to address the different needs in Seattle and throughout King County during what we call our Concur Cares Days. United Way of King County brings caring people together to give, volunteer, and take action to help people in need and solve our community's toughest challenges. Their goal is to build a community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable.
“I join all Washingtonians in thanking these individuals who contribute tirelessly to benefit others,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “People who volunteer their time and energy are the backbone of our state. I encourage others to look for opportunities that not only provide valuable experience but also help strengthen our communities.” There is a strong tradition of volunteerism in Washington, which ranks 16th in volunteer rates in the nation.
Not only do we encourage and empower our employees to get involved in their communities and give back to those in need, we give the time and opportunity for them to do so. Concur provides our 7,000+ employees around the world with 32 hours a year of paid volunteer time off. Employees can volunteer their time with any legally registered charity, therefore, employees are generally more engaged as they are volunteering their time with charities that match their interests, passions and skills.
“Giving back to those in need and helping our communities is something we have always been committed to at Concur,” says Carina Booth, who works in corporate social responsibility at Concur. “We encourage and empower our employees to give back through volunteerism to better our communities, our company and ourselves.”
Carina Booth accepted the award on behalf of Concur presented by First Lady Trudi Inslee at the Governor’s Mansion and then later that day represented Concur during a recognition ceremony before the first pitch at the Mariner’s game.
Concur is honored to have been recognized and award the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for our commitment to volunteerism but we truly owe our gratitude to our employees for their time and energy in giving back to our communities to help those in need.
Check out United Way’s recent blog post about Concur!