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Voluncare Program

They build homes for the poor. They help feed the hungry. They work with young students to encourage reading and learning. These are just a few examples of how ESL volunteers go out of their way to make a difference right here in Greater Rochester.

ESL employees donate thousands of hours every year to great non-profit organizations like the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Foodlink, Lifetime Assistance, and the United Way. And we support them by providing opportunities for paid time off so they can make an even bigger impact. So look around our community. You’ll often find dozens of people with our distinctive ESL VolunCare Crew T-shirts carrying on a great ESL tradition: volunteering to make Greater Rochester an even better place to live and work.

A Quick Look at Our VolunCare Program

it easy for employees to participate in a variety of volunteer programs every year through our Employee Volunteer Program—or, as we prefer to call it, our “VolunCare” Program. After all, caring about people is one of our five core values!

Here’s how our program works

  • We choose important, community-building activities and events that align with the goals of our VolunCare Program and that need volunteers.
  • Eligible employees may receive up to eight hours of paid time off each year to participate in VolunCare Crew activities.
  • ESL employees can choose from several different community volunteer opportunities each year, including a non-profit organization of their own choosing!

It’s all part of our effort to help our neighbors and make a vital contribution to our community.

Of course, volunteering is also a great experience for our employees, because it builds teamwork. It provides learning and networking opportunities. It’s truly rewarding on a personal level. And it’s a lot of fun, too.

Key Stats

These numbers speak volumes about the importance of volunteering at ESL.

  • In 2019, 600+ ESL employees contributed more than 3,600 volunteer hours to 200+ different non-profits in the region. This included dozens of local schools, Foodlink, Meals on Wheels, Project Urge, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Lollypop Farm, Ronald McDonald House, South Wedge Food Program, The Salvation Army, and many more!
  • Each May, nearly 40 ESL employees participate in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring, helping to clean up and beautify the grounds at different locations around the Rochester area.
  • This year, ESL volunteers continue to donate their time to help great non-profits in a variety of ways and give back to their communities.

Caring about others—and the Rochester community—is one of the things we do best at ESL! That’s why our VolunCare Crew is such a great thing