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Effort launched to entice employers to boost volunteerism

'Time to Serve' initiative of Volunteer Arlington sees business buy-in

Volunteer Arlington, the collaborative effort between the Arlington County government and Leadership Center for Excellence, is promoting a “Time to Serve Pledge,” asking employees to provide at least eight hours of paid time off per year for their personnel to perform community service.

The initiative will “empower businesses to let their employees follow their passions for civic engagement, and in the process, know their employer encourages and celebrates that work,” said Lisa Fikes, who heads Leadership Arlington.

“Volunteer Arlington works with more than 375 local nonprofit and Arlington County organizations who are looking for skilled volunteers who are committed to a cause,” she said.

A kickoff for the initiative is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 28. For information, see the Website at