V Team volunteer spotlight: Alissa Guimond.
Learn how Alissa makes volunteering a family affair.
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It’s never too early to learn the value of volunteering. That’s the lesson Alissa Guimond, a Retail District Manager from South Portland, is teaching her one-year-old daughter.
Alissa is a true volunteer cross-champion with a hunger to help as many people as possible. She has logged hours helping organizations like Upchieve, Be My Eyes, Love for the Elderly, as well as several others. And she makes volunteering a family affair by having her daughter help color pictures to include in her letters to older adults.
Like Alissa, you can make a difference and have an impact across our social responsibility pillars: Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection, and Human Prosperity.
Check out our Volunteer Portal and select from over 150 virtual activities that contribute to our company-wide goal of 2.5 million volunteer hours by 2025. Without further adieu, meet Alissa!
Q: Tell us about yourself. How long have you been with Verizon?
A: I’m Alissa Guimond, a Retail District Manager for the Verizon Consumer Group in Maine. I just celebrated my 10th anniversary with Verizon, a very proud milestone in my career! I live in Southern Maine with my husband and daughter, who celebrates her first birthday next week!
Q: What inspired you to sign up for the Volunteer Platform?
A: I’ve always loved giving back. I’m a firm believer that everyone can have a positive impact on the world around them through their words and actions. Verizon has made it easy for all of us to be a positive influence.
Q: What causes or groups have you volunteered for?
A: EmpowerWork has been one of my favorites! I am still in the training process to become a Peer Counselor, but the process has been a great development opportunity, and I cannot wait to start connecting with others. I’ve also raised my hand to help students through Upchieve and CareerVillage.org.
Q: Why is it important to give back and volunteer during COVID-19?
A: Although many of us are staying busy in our new norm, people still feel alone and isolated. Our volunteer opportunities are twofold; they allow us to provide support for someone who is in need while also benefitting from human interaction. Verizon continues to make it easy for us to give back, which is needed now more than ever.
Q: How important is it to work for a company that actively promotes and encourages volunteer activities?
A: It’s crucial. As an employee, I represent the company as much as the company represents me. The relationship must be mutually positive. I am so proud to be a V Teamer, and that has never been more true than through our response to COVID-19. While the company makes so many great efforts to provide support and give back, I also think it is important for every one of us to know how we can play a part and contribute.
Q: Do you have a story or specific example of how your volunteer efforts made a difference to an individual or in a community?
A: I volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club in my work community. I’ve been able to work with a diverse group of children and see the world through their lens. As much as I’m there to guide and support them, they are also doing the same for me by keeping me honest and humble. As young elementary school children, they share their perspective on what may seem like ‘elementary’ topics, but they are so relevant to my work in leadership. The challenges and successes they face in regards to fairness, kindness, and teamwork are a constant reminder of the importance of our words and actions. They inspire me to be a better mentor and a stronger leader for my team.