Chad LaKing is the latest employee to take advantage of Dawson Group’s unique paid-volunteer program to support a non-profit agency that he feels passionate about.

“I had no idea we could get paid to volunteer until last week. It really provided me the flexibility to support a program I am interested in,” said LaKing, who joined Dawson Road Maintenance (DRM) as a Machine Operator in 100 Mile House in January 2023.

LaKing heard about volunteer opportunities at The Mustard Seed, a non-profit organization aiming to end homelessness, and wanted to give his support. The only issue was that his scheduled shift interfered with his potential volunteer opportunity.

Later that week, LaKing noticed a sign on one of DRM’s new Digital Message Boards, broadcasting information that each employee at Dawson has access to eight paid hours of volunteer time through Dawson Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. The new Digital Message Boards were installed at each DRM location to share important information about safety, specifications and company information, among many other items.

Following a supervisor’s approval, employees are encouraged to volunteer as long as the volunteer opportunity aligns with our CSR guidelines.

The next day, LaKing received his manager’s approval, logged his volunteer time in Payworks and was off to Kamloops.

LaKing heard about this opportunity with The Mustard Seed through his local church and wanted to help. At The Mustard Seed, he provided a small ministry service, hung out with the clientele, engaged in conversations, sang songs and assisted with dinner-time set up.

Chad LaKing (back left) spent some quality time with staff from The Mustard Seed and other local pastors.

“I had a fantastic time with The Mustard Seed. It was great to gain some perspective and interact with their clients. We had some really good conversations and everyone enjoyed their time,” said LaKing.

“Dawson’s CSR program really makes it easy to support a non-profit you care about. I think this is something more people should take advantage of.”

Please contact your manager if you have any questions about using your eight paid volunteer hours.

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