At Bethel, regular staff employees are allotted 24 hours (prorated based on FTE for those less than 40 hours/week, 12 months) of paid time off (PTO) per calendar year to use during an employee’s regularly scheduled hours for civic engagement and community service. Our desire is to create a continual commitment to engage in civic responsibility and service to our community, while supporting individual efforts and passions. It is also our hope that this designated PTO will provide a means for staff to learn and grow through engagement and experiences that may be new to them.
Civic Engagement and Community Service Examples:
- Monthly after-school mentoring
- Church community service project
- Vacation Bible School volunteerism
- Cultural and ethnic celebrations (e.g. Hmong New Year, etc.)
- Peaceful protests
- Vigils, commemorative events, and community times of remembrance
- Disaster relief efforts
- Church or parachurch mission trips
- Mentoring or small group efforts for Bethel students (e.g. Woven Lives, Men’s Discipleship, etc.)
- Engaging existing partnerships through Bethel’s connection with the Frogtown/Summit neighborhood
- Activities must be consistent with Bethel’s Covenant for Life Together and Affirmation of Faith.
- Time off for voting in an election is covered under a separate policy.
Procedures for Requesting Civic or Community Service PTO:
- Civic Engagement and Community Service PTO is tracked by the supervisor and employee.
- Employees should work with their supervisors to request time off.
- Non-exempt employees should record their time as regular hours worked. Exempt employees do not need to record their time.
- Civic Engagement and Community Service PTO does not rollover from year to year.
- Payment in lieu of Civic Engagement and Community Service PTO is prohibited.
Please contact the Office of People and Culture if you have any questions.