Namasté Solar loves to walk its talk. Put its money (and time) where its mouth is. Practice what it preaches. Whatever idiom you choose, the end result is the same: Namasté Solar prioritizes community in working to value and balance all stakeholders. This translates into paid employee volunteer time, and a Community Giving Fund that amounts to 10% of annual profits put back into local organizations and events.
One volunteer day is organized per quarter, though Namastaliens can also get reimbursed for up to 10 hours every month for self-scheduled volunteering. Both on their own and through the company, Namasté Solar employees volunteer with a wide range of organizations.
In 2016, Namasté Solar worked with Community Food Share in Louisville and Boulder's Growing Gardens. We also participated in a Rock the Earth challenge hosted by Denver public schools, and a spring river sweep organized by the Denver-based Greenway Foundation. This added up to a total of 118 volunteer hours by 24 employees.
This year, we've set our sights even higher. So far in 2017, we've had one volunteer day, a fun-filled afternoon of sorting and packing food for distribution by the Food Bank of the Rockies, attended by 18 Namastaliens. This translated to over 73 volunteer hours, but even more important was the impact that afternoon had outside of Namasté Solar: our volunteers were able to process over 11,300 pounds of food, equal to 9,040 meals for those in need.
And that was just the first quarter – we're only getting started!