VTO with Heart – Indianapolis Great Banquet
At the Gene B. Glick Company, we are committed to strengthening the quality of life and giving back to the communities we call home. As part of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, we encourage our team members to give back to their communities through volunteerism and empower them to do so through our paid volunteer time off (VTO) program. Our ‘VTO with Heart’ series highlights Glick team members using their VTO to volunteer with organizations close to their hearts.
Elizabeth Oatman recently volunteered at the Indianapolis Great Banquet, which is held at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. The Great Banquet is a 72-hour experience – for three days, guests live and study together in worship, prayer, and discussion. Guests come to the Great Banquet while a team of volunteers coordinates everything from their sleeping arrangements, meals, worship experiences, snacks, presentations, table discussions and cleaning restrooms/showers.
Elizabeth chose to volunteer at the Indianapolis Great Banquet because attending it in the past not only changed her life but also helped support her through her brother's death in 2015. "When I attended in 2009, I had no idea just how many volunteer hours people gave to make the weekend as meaningful as it was. This organization has meant so much to me and I love getting to be a small part of making it meaningful for others."
Glick's VTO allowed Elizabeth time to give a presentation and lead table discussions on a Friday for a group of attendees. In addition to serving on the weekend, Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Directors and trains volunteers.
After her time volunteering for the Indianapolis Great Banquet, we caught up with Elizabeth to learn more about how volunteering is part of her life.
How Does Volunteering Impact Your Life?
"I have been afforded opportunities in life that not everyone gets, so I enjoy getting to use my resources and time to help others. Whether it’s sharing how God has pulled me through my darkest moments, or using a saw at the Glick Women’s build, being able to give back."
What Does Glick’s VTO Mean to You?
"I am so grateful to work for an organization that prioritizes volunteering and giving back to the community. Getting 8 hours of VTO each year to focus on others really says a lot about the culture here at Glick. I am proud to work for a company that not only supports this, but encourages it."
Are There Other Organizations That You Work with That You Want Others to Know About?
"Over the years I’ve had the privilege of volunteering with some really special organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Gleaners, and Servants at Work Ramps."
To learn more about these great organizations, visit:
If you are a Glick team member and want to use your VTO to give back to your community, submit your VTO request via Paylocity. We also encourage all team members to log their volunteer time and impact on Selflessly to inspire others.