On Thursday, April 3rd, President and CEO Kim Barnes announced a new volunteer program for all Callaway Bank employees called “Give Back Day”. The program gives each employee an extra day off to use specifically for giving back to the community through volunteer service. The idea is to encourage our employees at all levels to become involved in the community, and make it easy for them to do so. In an email to staff she explained, “We want you to feel empowered to help non-profits in our communities, and we want to make it easy for you to be involved .”
While the bank has a long history of community involvement and encouraging our employees to be involved, we realized that some of our team was finding it difficult to commit to volunteer service because of scheduling conflicts. They would often have to use vacation time. To help remedy this situation and empower our people, management team chose to award the extra day off which could be broken into chunks of volunteer time. Now employees can schedule their volunteer time just like they would a doctor’s appointment. It is important that people are free to choose the organization that they want to assist. “… because, after all, we ARE a community bank ,” states Kim Barnes, President and CEO of The Callaway Bank.