Jama is committed to Portland and believes in the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. A year ago Jama launched the Paid Volunteer Time Program, granting employees 16 hours per year to use volunteering at the organizations of their choice.
Since the launch of the program in March 2015, Jamanians (just one of many nicknames we’ve created for ourselves) have spent over 624 hours with organizations around the state and region.
Iris Blackburn from our Customer Support team spent three days at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. For over 30 years Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has run the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the nation.
The entire Customer Support team spend the day at Hagg Lake at an event run by I’m Hooked, Inc. in conjunction with the Portland Parks & Rec Department and Oregon Fish & Wildlife Department. The program gets children outdoors and teaches them how to fish.
In October a cross-functional group of Jamanians spent the afternoon at Schoolyard Farms, a non-profit that educates students about the importance of nutrition and edible agriculture through the hands-on work of planting, cultivating, harvesting, cooking and eating food grown in a schoolyard farm.
In November four of our pet-loving Customer Success Managers, Connie Yoo, Jason Birch, Jared Richardson and Marta Altree, spent a rambunctious afternoon walking dogs with the Oregon Dog Rescue. Oregon Dog rescue is a no-kill shelter and offers drop-in volunteering opportunities to spend hands-on time with the animals.
In December a gaggle of Jamanians, armed with funds donated from Jama employees, built care packages to donate to Medical Teams International for distribution to refugees fleeing their homes. The group purchased supplies for and built 20 family kits and 20 infant kits, as well as donated surplus supplies to Medical Teams International.
Additional time was spent with Impact NW, Dress for Success, The Oregon Food Bank, DePave, The Dougy Center and the Oregon Humane Society (to name a few).
Here’s to another year of time spent giving back to the communities where we live, work and play.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits offered to Jama employees, please check out our Benefits page.