May 23rd, 2008

Life, Work and Volunteerism

By Michael Bzdak, Director, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions

Having worked in Johnson & Johnson’s corporate contributions group for the past 16 years, I’ve seen a lot of great charitable initiatives flourish thanks to corporate giving. But one thing that goes unnoticed far too often is what employees do in their communities.

While I can’t speak for other companies, more than 80 percent of Johnson & Johnson employees are active volunteers – many of whom are connected to community organizations through a Volunteer Support Office that I just happen to run.

There’s a lot going on.

For instance, just a few weeks ago the entire corporate law department – about 200 people, in fact – put away their laptops and Blackberrys and spent the day at the Cerebral Palsy Association in Edison, NJ, an organization dedicated to serving people of all ages with developmental and related disabilities These folks interacted in the classroom with Lakeview School students, cleaned and beautified the interior and exteriors of group homes, and used some of their hidden talents to solve computer problems and aid with art projects. (See – lawyers CAN be useful! 🙂 ) This amazingly motivated group serves as an example of employee volunteerism at its best.

I’m always thrilled when my colleagues find opportunities to learn and support, in their own way, organizations that can really make a difference in their communities.


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