NCCI Cares Initiative Injects Volunteerism Into Workplace

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Boca Raton-based National Council on Compensation Insurance likes to give back.

And the company is encouraging its employees to do so through its NCCI Cares program.

The fundraising initiative launched in January 2017 and allows employees to received 40 paid hours a year to volunteer for a cause of their choice.

To date, the company has helped 170 charities and 445 employees have recorded a total of 5,700 hours of volunteer time off.

“One of NCCI’s company values is giving back to the community in which we live and work,”

Chief Human Resources Officer Bradley Kitchens said. “Our employees are passionate about giving back.”

As a whole, the company supports United Way and Kids’ Chance, which provides scholarships to students whose parents suffer from work related injuries, Kitchens said. Last year, the company raised over $230,000 for United Way of Palm Beach County and ranked fourth in the nonprofit’s top campaigns in the county.

In addition to the top signature nonprofits, NCCI asks employees to nominate charities and nonprofits to work with. Each employee receives one vote and then campaigns to help begin.

This past year, the company has helped AVDA, Boca Helping Hands, Lighthouse for the Blind, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s Paws for the Cause, SOS Children’s Villages, YMCA of South Palm Beach, Sea Angels and Families First of Palm Beach County.

Campaigns include walks, luncheons and visiting the locations for on site work.

“We publish those opportunities and employees sign up to participate,” Kitchens said.

In addition to the 40 paid volunteer hours, employees also receive an additional paid eight hours for participating in an all day program “Day of Giving.”

NCCI Community and Charitable Relations Manager Kelly Cavalleri said the second annual Day of Giving will take place on Oct. 25.

She said about 300 volunteers visited seven nonprofits and spent the day giving back. Some helped fix out the Y’s playground, others painted at the SOS Children’s Villages and some participated in building a Habitat for Humanity home.

The company expects even more participants this year.

NCCI also will match donations employees make to approved nonprofits up to $1,000.

“We enjoy it,” Kitchens said of the volunteer work. “It helps us recruit.”