Alston & Bird is committed to supporting and encouraging its employees’ many contributions to charitable organizations.
Our firm’s policy supports and encourages community volunteerism by providing 15 hours of paid time off for full-time employees and gives part-time employees 7.5 hours annually. Alston & Bird offers many company sponsored volunteer opportunities and encourages employees to volunteer with nonprofits focused on their own philanthropic areas of interest.
To better support our employees and the impact of their charitable giving and community service, Alston & Bird established the A+BOVE Program – A+B Opportunities for Volunteers to Engage. This “Dollars for Doers” program provides grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of employees who volunteer their time doing good works in the community. This program gives employees the ability to focus on volunteer areas in the community that are of greatest importance to them.
Community leadership is also strongly encouraged at Alston & Bird. Our attorneys and staff serve on the boards of more than 400 nonprofit organizations in the communities where we do business and 37 nonprofit organizations gained new leadership in the past year.
The community service activities of Alston & Bird employees help provide assistance to those with the greatest needs. A+B Team Community makes it easy for Alston employees to get involved by maintaining a monthly calendar of events that provides a wide variety of volunteering opportunities such as visits to the food bank, driving cancer patients to treatments, participating in neighborhood cleanups, building Habitat houses, participating in holiday giving tree programs, packing snacks in a backpack, or helping keep kids in school.
Below is a sampling of some of the many community service organizations and projects that attorneys and staff at Alston & Bird are involved.
Walks/Races for Charity: Wellness and sustainability is important to our volunteers and for this reason the Pro Bono Committee maintains an annual walk/race calendar which supports a variety of charitable causes. The firm generously covers the race fees for employees and has built into its program sustainable best practices to encourage good health for our employees and our planet.
Honoring Veterans and Troops: Remembering our veterans and supporting our troops is a year-round effort at Alston & Bird. Whether through pro bono work to a national organization that works with families of fallen soldiers or other specific projects, Alston & Bird’s staff and attorneys have pulled together for a number of projects. Attorney Angie Burnette wanted to establish an organized group of volunteers with the purpose of honoring our military and veterans throughout the year. This group of volunteers at the firm’s Atlanta office is called the “A+B Brigade.” Since that time, other annual projects by the brigade have included Valentines for Veterans, sending food items to USO centers, honoring Alston & Bird veterans on Veteran’s Day, mailing care packages to the troops, and establishing a scholarship in memory of Mike Weston, son of Alston & Bird’s retired partner, Steve Weston, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
Reading to At-Risk Children: Since 2004, Alston & Bird volunteers have been reading and mentoring elementary students with the Everybody Wins! Power Lunch reading program. Everybody Wins! DC recently held its Lawyers for Literacy Trivia Challenge and the Alston & Bird team came in second place.