At ZS, our people are empowered to use their passions for positive change—whether that means working to improve health care options, empowering women in tech, offering pro bono consulting or volunteering in our communities.
In addition to ZSer-led initiatives like ZS Cares, we offer a variety of programs and benefits that make it easy to give back to those around us. ZS Cares Day encourages ZSers around the world to amplify our community volunteering efforts in a global day of giving. Our ZS Donation Match program allows our people to double their impact through direct donations and volunteer efforts. And our flexible and connected work model encourages ZSers to take time out of their business day to volunteer in their communities. The latter has been crucial to Hannah Freeman, a portfolio marketing lead and passionate volunteer.
Hannah has been with ZS for five years. Originally based in Chicago, she moved to Indiana and had to adapt to working remotely. “When I moved, I missed volunteerism and being connected to the community,” she says. The search for new ways to give back to her community led Hannah to Kids’ Voice of Indiana, an organization that oversees the Indianapolis Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. This nonprofit supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect.
“My focus is specifically on the child, their best interest and their wellbeing,” Hannah says proudly. “While other service providers are focused on helping the parents, the foster parents or the case overall, I get to advocate for the child. This is really important because often the children don’t attend court, so they aren’t able to speak on their own behalf.” Through her volunteering, Hannah joins a network of more than 90,000 volunteers nationwide helping more than 242,000 children annually.
“Truly, I would not be able to do this volunteer role without my flexible schedule,” she says. “To do this, I must integrate into other people’s lives. I need to be considerate of when they have work, when they are meeting different childcare needs and when they connect with other service providers. The support of my team and the firm is what makes this possible.”
With ZS’s open calendar policy, Hannah can be transparent about her time volunteering with CASA and Guardians ad Litem (GAL). She reserves time on her calendar to meet with the children she helps, and her team is supportive and accommodating.
“I was very excited about our shift to a flexible and connected workforce,” Hannah says, referring to ZS’s model of working, which empowers ZSers to work remotely and return to the office based on their comfort levels and schedules. “I love how we are still able to take advantage of the programming that ZS provides. I think it’s amazing that they do these things, and I want myself and others to take advantage of it.”