Last year, Alinta Energy established a community volunteering leave program. This gives our employees a day of paid leave each year to use in volunteering for a community organisation they are passionate about.
They volunteer at a variety of causes, such as rejuvenating native landscapes with Landcare and packing hampers for the disadvantaged with UnitingCare.
These not-for-profit organisations were chosen because they focus on helping Australians in need and protecting our unique flora and fauna.
As Sonia Kolar, Senior Energy Spot Trader, says:
“When I saw the opportunity to volunteer for Landcare I really wanted to do it. It was in my local area and gave me a chance to give something back to my community.
It was also an opportunity to do something really different to being in an office. A group of us spent the day at La Perouse pulling out noxious weeds. It was hard work but it gave me a chance to connect with other people from the office while doing something worthwhile. It was outside and a really beautiful location. In addition to doing something challenging and rewarding, we got to learn a great deal about the local community and history. The team from Landcare were excellent and really made it a great day out. I would definitely do it again.”