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Making an IMPACT at Goodwill

June 14, 2010

Most weekdays, Jim Connolly works in a corporate environment, mostly in accounting and consulting. But on June 11, he traded in his business garb and consulting gig for a chance to make a difference—and get dirty.

Dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, Jim arrived at our Career Development Center with about a dozen fellow members from Deloitte, all ready to paint. The group was a part of the 49,000 workers nationwide that participated in the 11th annual IMPACT Day, lending a hand at charities across the country.

“It’s something different,” says Connelly. “We’re fortunate to work for Deloitte to be able to give back to the community,” he adds. Last year, he built wheelchair ramps at another local nonprofit organization.

Some volunteers, like Jim, painted a handful of rooms at Goodwill. Some organized and cleaned a warehouse. One woman cleaned exterior windows. Others assisted with computer de-manufacturing.

Linda Hamilton, who works in Deloitte’s tax marketing department in Charlotte, said Deloitte’s operations were mostly closed for the day so team members could participate.

“IMPACT Day is an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to building stronger nonprofit organizations,” says Barry Salzberg, CEO of Deloitte. “We firmly believe that workplace volunteer programs can drive real results for our communities when businesses match the talent and skills of the workforces with the needs of nonprofits.”

Of course, we’re always thrilled to have volunteers. Interested in joining us? Here’s how to get involved.

-Armando Barragan


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