Last week I did something I feel very fortunate to be able to do: I took a “volunteer day.” As an APEX employee, I get to take one day off a year to volunteer with a charity of my choice. I chose to devote my day to an organization I’ve been involved with for almost two years: Toronto Animal Services.
Monday-Friday, 9-5 (and sometimes later) I’m a social media consultant at APEX, and on the weekends I’m a volunteer cat cuddler at TAS. I help socialize the cats to prepare them for adoption by petting them, playing with them, and grooming them. The shelter environment can be stressful, and this human interaction helps relax some of the more high-strung cats.
Besides devoting hours to cuddling cute animals (hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it), I run a few social media accounts (like Twitter) to help promote TAS’s adoptable animals and events. There are some other volunteer-run blogs and social channels, and it’s pretty cool how everyone pitches in.
Our president Linda Andross explained to me why APEX gives employees this awesome opportunity:
I volunteer, and that’s an important part of my life, and I want to support/nurture it in the staff here at APEX. It’s a “win-win” for the company because we have happy, community-focused colleagues, and they get a chance to step out of their work day and participate in something that otherwise they might not be able to.
I feel the APEX volunteer day helps me learn about my coworkers and discover what their passions and interests are. Can’t wait to do this again next year. Volunteering makes you feel good!
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