Volunteer Service Paid Time Off

Volunteer Service Paid Time Off

All full-time and part-time benefit-eligible faculty and staff can participate in the Volunteer Service Paid Time Off Policy beginning Jan. 8, 2018. Eligible employees can volunteer up to 16 hours per academic year (July 1 through June 30).

Discerning Where To Serve

Creighton offers paid time off for volunteer service in support of the Catholic, Jesuit mission of Creighton University. As Father Dennis Hamm writes in The Union of Minds and Hearts:  Celebrating the Spiritual Roots of Creighton University:  “We were created by a loving God to find our purpose by using our gifts in the service of one another.  As a community of learning and faith, Creighton university is ever mindful of this responsibility.”

As faculty and staff discern how to use these hours and who to partner with, employees are encouraged to seek opportunities that embody the Jesuit mission of “men and women for and with others” and the Catholic Social Teaching principle of a “preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.” Creighton cannot approve of partners that are outside of the priorities of the Catholic Church.

More information can be found at: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/local-community-service/volunteer-service-paid-time-off/

Volunteer service work may extend across multiple community partners.  Employees must be in good standing and provide reasonable notice to management prior to their time off. Additional considerations include ensuring work demands precede service time off requests. The decision to approve a request for paid service time off is within the discretion of management along with the organizational and operational needs of the division, school or college. If an employee's request conflicts with operational needs, management is encouraged to work with employees to find a time that works for all parties. 

The service time off will be paid at the employee's current base salary. Service paid time will be considered as excused time and will not accrue from fiscal year to year. Usage of this time does not affect vacation or sick accruals. Any unused volunteer paid time hours will not be paid out upon termination of employment.

Employees will need to submit requests via the absence management module in myHR. Management will review each request. Any managerial questions concerning approval or denial of a request should be directed to Human Resources at 402.280.2709 or hr@creighton.edu.

Examples of qualified uses for service time off include:

  • Building a house for Habitat for Humanity
  • Participating in Project Homeless Connect Omaha
  • Volunteering at a local hospital
  • Volunteering at an inner-city school
  • Volunteering at a food bank

Examples of unqualified uses for service time off:

  • Attending a professional or personal interest conference
  • Attending your child’s parent-teacher meeting
  • Coaching your child’s basketball game

If there are questions on whether a site can be approved, please email e_burkesullivan@creighton.edu.

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