Volunteerism runs in the DNA of Vail Resorts employees. It’s not uncommon to hear about department wide projects in community soup kitchens, children’s organizations or homeless shelters. No matter the mission, Vail Resorts employees consistently strive to support their communities in any way that they can.
That’s why Vail Resorts created the EpicVolunteer program that provides employees with the opportunity to take 40 hours of paid time off to volunteer with the nonprofit organization of their choice. Past EpicVolunteer Rosalie Waxman recounts her experience:
"I spent a week volunteering in Lobitos, Peru with WAVES for Development. WAVES is a non-profit organization helping communities through social entrepreneurism, local outreach and education. The first thing that struck me – a compulsive recycler – about Lobitos was the how littered with plastic the town is. Pair that with continuously strong winds and all of that trash eventually plummeted into the ocean. Despite the environmental degradation, the people and the town of Lobitos are alive with ambition, compassion and beauty.
While in Lobitos, I met with nascent local businesses, assisted with organizing a beach cleanup, worked to build a community center and garden and taught English and environmental conservation classes to young children. I also got to help install a cement floor to keep its inhabitants safe from deadly parasites and disease.
EpicVolunteers was truly an incredible experience. I am so thankful to Vail Resorts for the opportunity to give back and to Lobitos and WAVES for their dedication to their own economic development and community empowerment initiatives."
- Rosalie Waxman
Regardless of the avenue, Vail Resorts employees never cease to go above and beyond. By supporting our local and international communities, our EpicVolunteers are helping us fulfill our EpicPromise and make a true impact on the world.