“Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
“Do the Right Thing” is one of Vonage’s core values, and it is put into action daily both in how employees interact with each other and with customers, and through the dedication each employee shows to being a good corporate citizen by giving back to our communities.
In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, home to many Vonage employees. While most were impacted for days without power, some employees faced much worse, including significant damage to their homes. The Company came together during this time, opening up the Vonage headquarters to employees and their families, offering them a warm place to stay, shower, charge their phones and providing them with meals. Additionally, employees donated money, food, clothing and basic supplies to their displaced coworkers. And, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, in less than eight weeks, more than 500 Vonage volunteers worked in affected communities to help with relief efforts.
Continuing that momentum, Vonage has since launched its Vonage Volunteer Program to provide every employee with the opportunity to volunteer their time, up to three days per year, with pay. In addition to the ongoing volunteer efforts for Superstorm Sandy relief, employees volunteer with organizations such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, local food banks, and more.
Volunteer efforts are not limited to Vonage’s Holmdel headquarters and have expanded along with the Company’s growth. Each Vonage location across the country organizes community volunteer events of their own to help the communities they serve. For example, Vonage’s Atlanta office recently partnered with Techbridge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofits. The Atlanta team hosted a week-long employee fundraiser in the office to raise money to provide the Atlanta Children’s Shelter with better access to technology.
Since its inception, the Vonage Volunteer Program has become a part of life for employees. In fact, in 2015, employees contributed nearly 1,000 hours of community service in the Holmdel office alone. Vonage’s employee volunteer efforts continue to grow, with more and more events planned across the company’s locations.
In addition to the employee volunteer program, Vonage donates the use of its facilities to outside organizations for charitable use. The Company has had a long-standing relationship with Heroes and Cool Kids, a New Jersey non-profit organization that utilizes the services of current and former professional athletes whose personal life experiences enable them to train high school student leaders. The organization uses Vonage’s corporate headquarters several times a year for training. In addition, Vonage also hosts charity runs and opens up its campus for social events for teen patients at the Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Jersey.
Vonage also provides in-kind donations of phone service to non-profits and has provided free phone service to both Vonage customers and non-customers after natural disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador and to Mexico in advance of Hurricane Patricia.
At Vonage, we strive not only to improve the lives of our customers every day, but to embody exemplary corporate citizenship by giving back to the communities in which we live and work.