October 2021 was a big month for Arch and Arch employees. Not only did Arch celebrate its 20th anniversary, but employees logged nearly 5,000 hours in volunteer time to support our local communities.
It should be noted that in any given month, Arch employees find ways to make a difference in their communities. At Arch, one of our Values is: “We strive to make a difference,” and a key Arch benefit is up to two days of paid volunteer time off (VTO) in order to serve local nonprofits during business hours.
In October, we were given a third day of VTO to volunteer (as a team if desired) with local charities to commemorate Arch’s 20th — and we embraced it!
The initiative was part of what we called the Arch Global Giveback. More than 900 of us took advantage of the opportunity to volunteer with colleagues across all parts of the company. More than 190 charities benefited from the effort.
Arch Employees in Action
Whether in-person or virtually, we took time away from the (home) office to serve food banks and similar organizations that provide food assistance or address the root causes of food insecurity. We chipped in with organizations that support people and families with health concerns, such as ALS or cancer.
With the environment top-of-mind, we pitched in to clean up local parks and playgrounds. And, we were there for the organizations that help animals.
The breadth and scope of organizations we helped goes on. But the Global Giveback didn’t end with our time.
Our Values in Action
In addition to VTO, another Arch employee benefit is that Arch matches qualifying monetary donations. In October, Arch gave its matching gifts a boost, increasing its contribution to 2:1. And we raised roughly $600,000 for more than 600 different organizations.
Arch also pledged an additional $1.4 million in employee-directed charitable donations.
“Investing in the communities where our employees live and work has played a critical role in our company’s success over the past 20 years,” said Arch CEO Marc Grandisson in a statement.
Marcy Rathman, Chief Environmental, Social and Governance Officer, added, “We were overwhelmed by the response of our employees to the Arch Global Giveback. Whether volunteering virtually or in person, taking advantage of our 2:1 corporate match or advocating for the organizations they wanted to receive corporate donations, the passion and spirit of our workforce made me incredibly proud to work here.”