World Kindness Day celebrates good deeds in the community and the positive impact created by kindness. Volunteering at a local nonprofit is a perfect way to help people within the community. Through our Transition2Work program, ReEmployAbility is able to place volunteers in non-profits organizations all over the United States. We find volunteering opportunities in large non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, and small non-profits like your local library or food pantry. Non-profit organizations always need volunteers to make a difference in the community! Participate in World Kindness Day by going out and volunteering at a non-profit organization in your community!
Need inspiration for other ways you can participate in World Kindness Day?
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation can help! Visit their website for ways you can help the community or make someone’s day!
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Jeff Miller
Today we honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day was made into a holiday after the end of World War I. We observe Veterans Day with a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery today at 11:00AM. During the ceremony, a color guard salutes and the President of the United States places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a Parade of Flags. The ceremony shows respect for soldiers who have put their lives on the line, protecting our freedom and safety. Veterans Day is an important day, not only for active and retired military members, but for their friends and family members as well.
Remember to be thankful for those who have served, not just today, but everyday.
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ReEmployAbility’s co-founder, Debra Livingston, recently participated in the Team NPF walk here in Tampa, Florida! The walk took place at Al Lopez park and raised $22,000 for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NFP). The funds raised will help the organization to promote efforts to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to assist in providing information and services for those who suffer with these conditions.
The National Psoriasis Foundation is headquartered in the USA and is the world’s largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriasis arthritis. NPF provides information and services to help people take control of their condition, while supporting research to find a cure. In addition to serving more than 2.1 million people annually through patient and professional health education and advocacy initiatives, the Psoriasis Foundation has funded more than $11.2 million in psoriatic disease research grants and fellowships.
If you are interested in visit their website to learn how you can get involved!
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Lindsey has been with ReEmployAbility for the past 3 years! He started out with us as a Placement Coordinator and is currently the Transition2Work Supervisor. As the supervisor of our Transition2Work team, he offers guidance and direction to a team of 18 Placement Coordinators who locate assignments for injured workers at nonprofits, making sure the program runs smoothly.
He grew up in a of family musicians and learned to play the guitar and bass at a young age. He was involved in his family’s band for several years before joining Victims of Circumstance, a SKA/Punk band here in Tampa, Florida. Each member of Victims of Circumstance brings their own eclectic influence to the bands music, but collectively they have been influenced by bands like The Mighty Mighty Basstones, Less than Jake, Rancid, and No Doubt. Recently, they have completed their third European tour, playing at venues anywhere from Ireland to Poland.
Lindsey has been an important part of the team here at ReEmployAbility! On behalf of everyone here, thank you for everything you do for us!
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The American Cancer Society was originally founded in 1913 by physicians and businessmen in New York City. Since then, the organization has provided research grants to 47 Nobel Laureate researchers and now serves one million callers every year through its National Cancer Information Center.
Our Transition2Work Partnership
Since 2010, ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program has placed over 100 volunteers at American Cancer Society locations! Volunteers help the fight to end cancer by answering the phone, mailing out information about The American Cancer Society and other basic office duties.
The American Cancer Society has played a major role over the years in educating the public about cancer and working towards finding a cure. Our volunteers have been able to donate hundreds of hours. We are proud to support The American Cancer Society, helping to make a difference in such a meaningful cause.
Learn More About The American Cancer Society
Interested in volunteering at your local American Cancer Society? Visit their website to find out how you can get involved!
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We are excited about the upcoming National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo!
If you are attending NWCDC 15′ in Vegas this year, be sure to stop by the ReEmployAbility booth — #315 in the main exhibit hall — to learn about ReEmployAbility’s specialty Return-to-Work Services. For employees with occupational or non-occupational disabilities, offsite transitional duty with a nonprofit agency can be a viable option when your company is unable to accommodate employees’ disabilities onsite. Visit with our team to find out how our services can benefit your Return-to-Work program.
The National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has workers’ compensation and disability management training available, attracting thousands of industry professionals each year.
Interested in scheduling a meeting with our team to discuss your Return-to-Work program needs? Contact our Client Services team.
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We have two of the best bosses here at ReEmployAbility! Debra Livingston and Frances Ford have both guided and shaped ReEmployAbility to be what it is today. They care greatly about the company, but most importantly they care about every single one of their employees. Deb and Frances have always seen the potential in all of their employees, encouraging growth, and welcoming new ideas. Their dedication, passion, and vision is inspiring.
From everyone here at ReEmployAbility, “Happy Bosses Day” and thank you for everything you have done for us!
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ReEmployAbility, thank you for sending me to the Not-For-Profit for my volunteer assignment. I have benefited from it in more ways than I can count. I never work a day that someone doesn’t stop me just to say thanks for being there. It has been years since I have felt this needed and appreciated. They have reaffirmed me to how you are to treat one another in the workplace. I have LOVED it.”
—Truck Driver in Michigan
We always love receiving positive feedback about our Transition2Work program! Hearing that an injured worker has had an experience that impacted their life in such a meaningful way inspires us. Our program has not only benefited the community, but has also changed the lives of injured workers over the years. Being able to engage in meaningful and productive work can help an injured worker recover faster and learn new, transferable skills!
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A big congratulations goes out to our Vice President of Sales, Kelly for tying the knot! After dating for eight years, Kelly and Steve married at Castle Otttis in St. Augustine, FL on October 4th. We are so happy for the new couple. Everyone here at ReEmployAbility wishes them the best life together, filled with joy, happiness and lots of love!
Congratulations Kelly and Steve to the start of something beautiful! We hope you enjoy all of the pleasures that togetherness brings in life.
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When an employee is in our Transition2Work program, both the injured worker and their employer are making a positive contribution to the community through service. Naturally, this causes many employers to wonder if their contribution is tax deductible as a charitable donation.
Are wages a charitable contribution?
To address the issue of a charitable contribution, first we can look to IRS Publication 526 (Charitable Contributions http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf). In Publication 526, the IRS provides guidelines on charitable contributions including explanation of how to claim a deduction for charitable contributions and the types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions. The Publication addresses the most common scenarios on what is considered a deductible contribution, and, the payment of wages for volunteer services by employees receiving worker’s compensation is not a typical scenario addressed. According to IRS Publication 526: Charitable Contributions, providing professional services for free to a qualifying nonprofit organization cannot be claimed as a tax deduction for the value of your time or services. The Publication states that businesses and individuals are able to deduct documented, un-reimbursed, out-of-pocket expenses paid in order to volunteer. Based on Publication 526, it is unclear whether the wage paid can be deducted as a charitable contribution.
Are wages a business expense?
Next, we can review IRS Publication 535: Business Expenses, which outlines common business expenses and explains what is and is not deductible. According to the Publication, “you can generally deduct the amount you pay your employees for the services they perform.” When an injured employee is performing modified duty off-site in a nonprofit agency, that assignment is considered an extension of their current employment. The employer will pay a wage that is consistent with a light duty wage for on-site modified duty. Therefore, an employer would be able to deduct the wages paid to the employee while they are in off-site transitional duty. Publication 535 provides further tests of deductibility– for example, how to determine if the wage is “reasonable” – but generally, wages paid to employees for the services performed are tax deductible.
Because of the many nuances in the tax code for corporations we always encourage employers to seek advice on questions of deductibility of contributions from a qualified tax professional. Our conclusion on the matter: In general, wages paid to employees are a tax deductible business expense. If the wage can be written off as a business expense, therefore, deductibility as a charitable contribution is a moot point.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as tax advice. For further information, please consult a tax professional.
Read more Frequently Asked Questions in this series:
- Introducing a new series: FAQs — Your questions about transitional duty with nonprofits answered
- FAQ: Why is it important to have a Return-to-Work program?