Employee-Match Program & Volunteering

Starting January 2015, monetary donations made by an employee to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Sol Systems up to $250 per employee each year for each employee who both donates money and volunteer time (at least 40 hours per year) to a charity important to him or her.

Sol Systems encourages team members to volunteer their time for causes important to them. Here are just some of their stories:

  • Sara Rafalson

    Sara Rafalson volunteers about twenty hours a month to support the programmatic efforts of Women in Solar Energy (WISE), to promote the professional advancement of women in the solar industry. Sara feels strongly about giving back to the solar industry that she loves, and from which she has learned so much. She serves the organization as President.

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  • Jessica Robbins

    Jessica Robbins volunteers several dozen hours per year organizing outreach and events for The Nature Conservancy’s DC/MD/VA chapter of Generation Conservation, whose mission is to mobilize the next generation of conservation supporters. Past events include invasive species removal with a local DC park, a cleanup effort along the Anacostia River, and various hiking and kayaking outings. Jessica also donates charitably to support her choir, the City Choir of Washington.

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  • Joe Song

    Joe Song is on the advisory board of SunFarmer, where he advises on the technical specifications of the non-profit’s solar installations in Nepal. In 2013, Mr. Song visited Nepal with SunFarmer to vet solar installer partners and developers, recruit team members, investigate the local solar market, and visit hospitals.

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  • George Ashton

    George Ashton volunteers well over 40 hours a year to support the career development for underserved youth through HERO. He has also served on the committee of the Community Ministries of Rockville, which seeks to improve quality of life by providing housing, healthcare, homecare, education, and emergency assistance to vulnerable Montgomery County residents. George, a Rockville resident, served on a committee at the Ministries that focused on finding housing and jobs for men suffering from drug addiction, or had recently been released from jail. George and his young son, Andrew, also take breakfast to the men’s shelter several times throughout the year.

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  • Leslie Barkemeyer

    Leslie Barkemeyer devotes a weekend each month to the New Leaders Council (NLC), a non-profit that works to train and empower young political entrepreneurs across the country. She founded the NLC Chicago Chapter, has led the DC Chapter, and is on the national NLC Board. She also works with Energy Mavens to host fundraisers for energy non-profits such as Solar Sisters, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Africa by empowering African women entrepreneurs. 

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  • Andrew Gilligan

    Andrew Gilligan volunteers three hours a week at Reading All-Stars, a Saturday morning reading program hosted around the corner from 826DC at Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Andrew is passionate about reading, and enjoys getting kids excited about reading. Additionally, Andrew donates money through his church for mission trips to Haiti.

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