Alaska telecom embodies the spirit of giving statewide, doubles volunteer efforts in 2016

December 22, 2016

485 GCI employees volunteer over 4,300 hours in their communities

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – In 2016, 485 GCI employees didn’t show up for work. Instead of sitting at their desks or standing behind a counter, these employees spent 4,327 hours reading to children, cleaning up community parks, donating blood and cooking up community meals to give back to their friends and neighbors across Alaska and beyond.

The employees were participating in GCI’s Community Service program, which provides full-time GCI employees with 16 hours of paid time each year to volunteer with the community organization of their choice. In 2016, 485 volunteers participated in the program—double the number of 2015 participants. The total volunteer hours are valued at more than $158,000 of paid leave.

In Southeast Alaska, employees used their community service hours to support local organizations, including the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Bartlett Regional Hospital and Blood Bank of Alaska. During the holiday season, Southeast employees are hosting food drives and collecting turkeys to help local families in need through the Food Bank of Alaska and Salvation Army.

“At GCI, our employees truly care about their communities as well as their friends and neighbors,” said GCI Regional Vice President Warren Russell. “Together, we firmly believe in giving back, which is why many of our employees are active leaders or supporters of nonprofit organizations and frequently donate their time, money and skills to enhance the quality of life for Alaskans.”

Other company-wide initiatives during 2016 included the GCI United Way internal fundraising campaign. GCI continued its 20-year partnership with United Way with a weeklong campaign in October that exceeded all previous records and raised $285,875 for the organization. Russell served as co-chair for the United Way of Southeast Alaska’s annual giving campaign.

“When our Juneau friends and neighbors need help, our team jumps into action and gets to work. Like the rest of my team, I am proud to work for a company that supports our desire to give back in Southeast and across the state,” said Russell.

About GCI

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Heather Handyside, GCI