Walmart associates give back
In FY17, 73,000 full- and part-time associates volunteered more than 1.2 million hours for various non-profits in their local communities. Associates may apply for a Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) grant on behalf of their volunteer hours at eligible organizations. Once associates as individuals or as a group reach a threshold of 25 hours volunteered, individuals may apply for a $250 grant and groups may apply for grants up to $5,000 to the charity, generating $12 million in “dollar-for-doer” grants in FY17.
Sreekumar Gopinathan: Making
volunteerism a way of life
When it comes to involvement in his community, Sreekumar Gopinathan has always been at or near the front of the line − regardless of where his career has taken him. But when he moved from Atlanta to northwest Arkansas to become a senior engineer in Walmart’s Information Systems Division, he was delighted to discover he had the support of an entire organization behind him.
“Community work has been my passion ever since my childhood, and that’s part of the culture here at Walmart,” Sreekumar said. “I really do appreciate how Walmart encourages and stands behind its associates in that way. It’s inspiring.”
Sreekumar’s community involvement since joining the Walmart family has been nothing short of inspiring. He has been involved in more than 115 events in Arkansas and Oklahoma, averaging 40 volunteer projects and 230 volunteer hours per year.
The Volunteerism Always Pays program matched Sreekumar’s contribution of
time with charitable donations – $250 for the first 25 hours he volunteered and
additional contributions for time volunteered beyond that − all directed to the
nonprofits where he volunteered. Examples include transporting snacks from a
local nonprofit to four elementary schools, computer and networking installations
for the Dress for Success organization, lawn maintenance and house cleaning for
several elderly residents, and more.