Giving back is a core part of who we are. This spirit not only aligns with our mission, "to make a difference," but it helps us achieve a great sense of satisfaction that we are putting our time and talent to use in ways outside of our business to make an impact on our communities and in the lives of people around us.
For instance, Advanced Community Works is an innovative program through which our employees are able to volunteer and earn money for a charity of their choice. Advanced Group employees are encouraged to take up to eight hours of additional PTO (per calendar year) to volunteer for a charity they care about. In addition to the PTO, employees earn $10 for each hour they volunteer (up to $80 per calendar year). Advanced Community Works supports both our employees and the charities they volunteer for.
The Advanced Group also partners with charities that service underprivileged youth and adults. We feel it's the best way we can create better futures and communities. Everyone in our organization can participate in supporting charities such as:
- Cristo Rey - The Cristo Rey network is a thriving association of high schools that utilize an innovative work-study program to provide affordable, Catholic education exclusively to families that have limited financial resources.
- The Cara Program - The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities and forge paths to real and lasting success.
- Horizons for Youth - A program that provides low-income Chicago youth with scholarships, mentoring, and a support community. Horizons for Youth contributes a significant portion of each participant’s educational needs to attend a Chicago area private school.
- Rainbow Days - Rainbow Days gives children hope for a promising future by providing them with skills and support they need to make healthy choices, stay drug free and believe they have a purpose.
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