27,000 hours, 11 Countries: Countless Lives Impacted by Racker Time and Talent
Rackspace encourages employees to give back. Each year we offer paid time to Rackers to volunteer their time and talents. Rackers use this time in almost endless ways, from more traditional types of volunteer efforts, such as cake sales, disaster relief and mentoring, to projects that allow Rackers to tap into their professional expertise.
Take for example, Carina Hendrikx, a Racker from our UK office in Hayes who with 12 other Rackers answered a call to action to participate in the annual and traditional “Rack Gives Back” physical event. They trained and undertook a difficult physical challenge to raise valuable funds for charities Mind and local Harlington Hospice.
Or USA San Antonio based Racker Johnny Carrera, who created a curriculum for the Girl Scouts’ new cybersecurity basics badge — and then spent a recent Saturday teaching a local troop led by Racker Sydney Schneider.
Or fellow UK Racker Nadia Awan, who used her volunteer hours to create an animation for Make-A-Wish! U.K., to help it show future clients and families how the wish referral process works when they apply.
“It has been exciting to make something unique and creative for Make-A-Wish! to help them better showcase the Wish referral method,” said Awan. “The video will be on Make-A-Wish UK’s website once completed.”
Rack Gives Back began with the very creation of Rackspace 20 years ago, as early Rackers sought to do some good in their San Antonio community. Today, it serves as a global resource, serving communities around the globe, where we live, work and play.
Making sure employees have the opportunity to give back is not just the right thing to do; it’s good business. Giving our Rackers the opportunity to leverage paid volunteer time off for any cause of their choosing is correlated with high engagement and well-being. Indeed, Rackspace regularly lands on the “best places to work” lists across the globe, and 2019 we took the top 10 position.
Robert Foster, a lead infrastructure engineer in our Hayes, UK office. A Cub Scout leader, Robert spends evenings and weekends leading young scouts, and he appreciates that Rackspace supplements that time.
Volunteer time off “is an amazing benefit,” he said. “Getting out and making a difference in a way that you’re passionate about is so rewarding and personal. Giving money to a cause is one thing, but from speaking to a number of organizations, time is so much more valuable.”
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