For Mark Czuba and many of his colleagues, giving back is part of the job description at Altria.
Czuba, a business unit leader at the company, has led groups of Altria’s HON Day volunteers for several years. Czuba said he enjoys watching his colleagues take on different and sometimes surprising roles during volunteer projects.
“A lot of people who don’t normally get to be in a leadership role, you’ll get to see them step up … and say, ‘Hey, here’s what we should do,’” Czuba said. He recalled watching one of his quieter co-workers, who rarely did much socializing on the clock, jump right in to a volunteer project along with the team.
Czuba said that Altria, the presenting sponsor for Hands On Nashville Day 2018, strives to foster a culture of service.
“The giving aspect is huge at Altria,” he said. The company, where Czuba has worked for 15 years, encourages employees to donate to charities by offering matching funds. And volunteers from Altria support HON and other local nonprofits during their service events — big and small — throughout the year.
Even though Czuba and many of his colleagues work nights, Czuba said, it’s important to them to make time for service. That often involves clocking out from an overnight shift and going straight to a volunteer project early in the morning.
“It’s challenging for some of them,” Czuba said, “but they want to put time in.”
Thank you to all the volunteers from Altria who came out for HON Day 2018! We are so grateful for your support and partnership.