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IT employees get time to give back locally

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At IT organization WorkSmart in Durham, N.C., employees work on work/life balance by running in charity races and pitching in at local schools.

The firm has partnered with nonprofits, including local affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and other charities, to raise money and offer pro bono IT services. WorkSmart employees also helped the Durham public school system launch a web site as part of a campaign to counter negative publicity the schools had been receiving.

Employees get one paid day off per year to volunteer.

In addition, the organization annually rewards a local community nonprofit organization with an annual “Making  a Difference” award. The prize: free technical support for a year.

Contact: Marissa Libman of WorkSmart, (919) 484-1010.

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