Caring is who we are and what we do at Venterra. To reflect that, we give team members eight paid hours of volunteer time off each year for employees to lend a helping hand to causes that are important to them.
We are inspired by the ways our team members have used their hours to serve their community, volunteering for opportunities they found on our very own VolunteerMatch website, activities our regional Venterra Cares Ambassadors have arranged, or simply opportunities within their community that spoke to their heart.
OVER 800 HOURS OF SERVICE IN 2019
We recognize that our employees have a set of passions that are as unique as they are, so we’ve empowered them to put their hearts into the causes that matter most to them by partnering with VolunteerMatch.
This organization makes connecting with local charities easy, so employees can find and engage in the causes and organizations that they find the most meaningful. Furthering our culture of service, we offer our team members eight paid hours every year to volunteer and participate in the service activities of their choice. Having a full day off to give back allows us to make a positive impact in the communities where our team members live and work.
National Volunteer Week
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we encourage team members to use their Volunteer Time Off to serve organizations in their community that are close to their hearts. As an added bonus, we hold a drawing at the end of the week for a $500 donation to the non-profit of the winner’s choice.
Megan Villarreal, who spent her hours volunteering with The Gatehouse outside of Dallas, TX, was our most recent winner and chose to make the donation to Ronald McDonald House in honor of her nephew, Mason. Here’s why:
“The day my nephew Mason was born in August 2015, he was care flown to Cook Children’s Hospital due to complications. He ended up having to stay in the NICU for two months. My sister lived three hours away from the hospital, so Ronald McDonald House was their second home during those months. The staff was so great and supportive and even entertained their five year old son as he was not fully aware of the situation.
They returned again to Ronald McDonald House when my nephew was 13 months old as he had to have open heart surgery.
Both times they stayed it was a great experience. It was one less thing they had to worry about during such a difficult time. This donation means a lot to me!”
Employee chat: one-on-one with stephanie bruce
“When Venterra started offering paid volunteer hours to employes, I knew I wanted to spend time helping my four-legged furry friends. I found a rescue shelter called Charming Pet Rescue and decided to spend my volunteer time there.
I have visited the rescue over 36 times, with nearly 180 hours in 2019. I just can’t stay away! I have also fostered a few dogs along the way and currently have Sadie, a true sweetheart, waiting for a forever home.
Volunteering to help dogs always reminds me of one thing: when you adopt from a shelter, you save two lives – the one you adopt and the one who will take its place, not to mention the joy and companionship an animal brings to people. It’s a beautiful circle, and that thought is what keeps me going back each weekend!
Last year, for a birthday gift to me, the Community Managers in San Antonio decided to volunteer their own time at Charming Pet Rescue. When I say they volunteered their time, I’m not saying they just sat down and loved on some dogs. They built and cleaned out kennels, picked up after the dogs and so much more. It was very much a labor of love for me. It was the kindest thing anyone could have done and shows exactly the type of people Venterra employs – kind and caring people!
I’m not necessarily saying that I volunteer my free time to Charming Pet Rescue now because of Venterra, since my love for animals has always been there, but, rather, Venterra presented an opportunity that sparked an ongoing passion that allows me to give back in such a meaningful way.”
There is no doubt that, in the coming years, we will increasingly be faced with the challenge to address the reality of climate/ecosystem change. While responses to the challenges differ, we all fundamentally want the same things: health and prosperity for ourselves, our children, our children’s children, and a world we will be proud to pass on to the next generation.
With this in mind, we are happy to support the work of Bopoma Villages this year. Bopoma Villages is a long-term local initiative to overcome poverty by equipping families and communities in rural Zimbabwe with environment-enhancing solutions that build health, self-reliance, and economic opportunity. To further enhance the effectiveness of their sustainable farming methods, they have started a literal grass-roots, environment reclamation project; training communities to revitalize land that has been ravaged by years of drought and soil erosion.
We view this as an investment in the revitalization of the environment and sustainable improvement in the lives of the people living in it.
As a memento, we’ve sent our partners a complete kit for seeding and growing a red maple tree, which, when planted, serves as a small, lasting reminder of, and contribution to, the health of our environment.