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.

On the Kenai Peninsula, employees used their community service hours to support organizations like the Alaska SeaLife Center, Junior Achievement, Suitcases for Kids and Wounded Heroes. During the holiday season, Kenai Peninsula employees are hosting storefront food drives as well as clothing and toy collections to help local families in need through the Bridges Community Resource Network, Food Bank of Alaska and Salvation Army.

“As seen from the many donations and employee hours spent giving back over the past year, it is clear that GCI employees in Southcentral Alaska and beyond are dedicated to bettering their communities,” said GCI Vice President of Southcentral and Western Region Operations Mary Hart.

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.

“I’m proud to work for an Alaska-born-and-raised company that provides its employees with the opportunity to give back,” said Hart. “When our friends and neighbors on the Kenai Peninsula need help, we are proud to lend a helping hand.”

About GCI

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at

Media contact:
Heather Handyside, GCI