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Old 07-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WalMart's volunteer program

I posted a comment the other day about volunteering for an organization and my employer (WalMart) will give them some money (win-win, right) (never heard a word from them, that's twice I have tried to volunteer for them) Whatever, their loss. But anyway, someone wanted me to put the information on a thread, so here it goes.

WalMart has this volunteer program called Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP). How it works is, an associate who volunteers 25 hours per quarter for a 501(c)3 WalMart will give that organization $250. Our year starts in February so the quarters are different. The organization has an opportunity to make more if more people volunteer. If the associates do what is called an Event VAP then the organization can make anywhere from $3000 to $5000. The organization can also apply for a Community Grant through WalMart Foundation. WalMarts gives out billions a year to non-profits and also donates a lot of animal food as well. So get your local WalMarts associates involved.
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Sounds like a plan to me.

Usually I am not a Wal-Mart fan but this sounds like a good deal all the way around. Not only does the organization get your free labor but they also get $10 per hour for that volunteer's time donated to them by Wal-Mart. I wonder if local shelters and rescues just don't realize this or if maybe the program is so new it hasn't caught on. Also wonder if rescues are so busy they may not have the time to train volunteers. Have you contacted your local shelter?
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Thank you so much for posting this information.

Not sure if the program is at Canadian Walmarts too, but now that I have this information I am going to ask at our Local Walmart.
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Sounds like a plan to me.

Usually I am not a Wal-Mart fan but this sounds like a good deal all the way around. Not only does the organization get your free labor but they also get $10 per hour for that volunteer's time donated to them by Wal-Mart. I wonder if local shelters and rescues just don't realize this or if maybe the program is so new it hasn't caught on. Also wonder if rescues are so busy they may not have the time to train volunteers. Have you contacted your local shelter?
I do volunteer work with my local (no kill) shelter.
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Has this program been used at your shelter?

I'm going to contact the local Wayside Waifs here as well and let them know about the program.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Has this program been used at your shelter?

I'm going to contact the local Wayside Waifs here as well and let them know about the program.
i have used it at my local shelter and for 2 rescue groups, transporting dogs to the rescue.

I work for WalMart and I am required to do at least 3 per year since I am in management. I do as many as I can, at least 4, one per quarter.
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I'm sorry if it's me you are refering to when you say you posted a comment on here and hadn't heard back! I asked for your email in that thread so I could some more info from you and get you in touch with the group, since that's how we do most of our communicating.

PLEASE don't take that as getting "blown off". I was simply waiting to get that contact info so I could get details, since passing along some ones phone number with vague info about a program I didn't fully understand would not be my ideal way of handling this.
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I work for Sam's Club. I volunteer with the local doberman rescue here. They benefit from my volunteering. It requires the organization to simply fill out a little bit of paperwork to verify a few things. I don't see why an organization would turn down free money.

there is no sense in "proving" anything to those that are anti-Wal Mart. Like them, or not, they do a lot of good for the community.
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I'm not a Walmart fan..................show me your success story proof and then I'll believe you............
Walmart does actually give quite a bit to charity. They suck to work for, though. Here's a converstaion I had with a manager:

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Rosemary, I believe every word you are saying I could even add some that would make your hair curl.............I shop at Sam's Club that's as close as I get to Walmart.............
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I work for Sam's Club. I volunteer with the local doberman rescue here. They benefit from my volunteering. It requires the organization to simply fill out a little bit of paperwork to verify a few things. I don't see why an organization would turn down free money.

there is no sense in "proving" anything to those that are anti-Wal Mart. Like them, or not, they do a lot of good for the community.
I have a friend in South Carolina that applied at Walmart/Sam's Club the manager told him he couldn't hire him because he didn't speak Spanish.....
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Rosemary, I believe every word you are saying I could even add some that would make your hair curl.............I shop at Sam's Club that's as close as I get to Walmart.............
I frequently said that if we are truly judged by a jury of our peers, the jury would consist entirely of Walmart cashiers, and anyone we killed would be ruled a justifiable homocide.

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Customer (very dramatically): "I'm never shopping here again!"
Me: "Okay." I was actually wondering if I could have that written in blood, and notorized, but didn't say that out loud....
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