Alaska telecom embodies the spirit of giving statewide, doubles volunteer efforts in 2016

December 22, 2016

485 GCI employees volunteer over 4,300 hours in their communities

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – In 2016, 485 GCI employees didn’t show up for work. Instead of sitting at their desks or standing behind a counter, these employees spent 4,327 hours reading to children, cleaning up community parks, donating blood and cooking up community meals to give back to their friends and neighbors across Alaska and beyond.

The employees were participating in GCI’s Community Service program, which provides full-time GCI employees with 16 hours of paid time each year to volunteer with the community organization of their choice. In 2016, 485 volunteers participated in the program—double the number of 2015 participants. The total volunteer hours are valued at more than $158,000 of paid leave.

In Fairbanks, GCI employees used their community service hours to support local organizations, including Bread Line’s Stone Soup Cafe, Blood Bank of Alaska, Suitcases for Kids and Meals on Wheels. During the holiday season, Fairbanks employees are hosting storefront food drives, clothing collections and giving trees to help local families in need through the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Fairbanks Resource Agency and Food Bank of Alaska.

“As seen from the many donations and employee hours spent giving back over the past year, it is clear that our employees in Fairbanks and beyond are dedicated to our community,” said GCI Regional Director of Interior Operations Perry Allen. “We want to ensure everyone in our community gets the support they need—especially around the holidays. The GCI team is proud to lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors across Alaska.”

Other company-wide initiatives during 2016 included the GCI United Way internal fundraising campaign. GCI continued its 20-year partnership with United Way with a weeklong campaign in October that exceeded all previous records and raised $285,875 for the organization. The GCI Fairbanks team also surpassed its 2015 fundraising numbers, contributing $18,820 to the overall funds.

“I’m proud to work for a local business that gives employees the opportunity to support our community,” said Allen. “When our Fairbanks neighbors need help, our team rolls up its sleeves and gets to work. It’s the right thing to do, and we feel good about doing it.”

About GCI

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com.

Media contact:
Heather Handyside, GCI
907-301-3481, hhandyside@gci.com