SPOTLIGHT ON: Mohsen Sofastaii and the Microsoft Volunteer
Mohsen Sofastaii has been a volunteer at Cub Run RECenter
since 2006, giving his time and talents to the Adapted Aquatics
program as a swim instructor. He has also worked with
"Lose the Training Wheels," a program designed to help
physically challenged kids learn to ride a bicycle. As a
respected and dedicated volunteer, Mohsen has been an
invaluable part of Fairfax County Park Authority, and we are
grateful for his help.
In 2008, Mohsen, who is a Senior Technical Account Manager,
learned of a program instituted by his employer, Microsoft
Corporation. Simply known as "Give", the annual
campaign is an event that internally raises money for
non-profit organizations. It also encourages employees
to report volunteer hours so Microsoft can match it with a
monetary donation to that organization. Once he was
aware of this great giving program, Mohsen jumped on the
bandwagon and signed up.
So how does it work? Any Microsoft employee who donates
ten or more volunteer hours over the course of a year can
request Microsoft match the time spent at $17.00 per hour.
Many types of volunteering are eligible, such as helping
out at the library, running the Girl Scout cookie drive,
coaching a community sports team, or working with Fairfax
County Park Authority in any one of numerous volunteer roles.
Even better, hours donated in the previous 12 months can
still count and be matched. For example, an employee who
began volunteering on January 1, 2012 could submit hours up
until December 31, 2012 and still make them count. Those
additional dollars go directly to the organization where they
volunteer, making it a win-win situation.
In Mohsen's case, his lifetime contribution has been an
extraordinary 538 hours of volunteer work with Fairfax County
Park Authority. That means a check for $5,168 was
donated to the Park Authority Foundation from Microsoft
Corporation, in addition to all of the great work Mohsen has
done. The donated money was used to purchase a
much-needed aquatic accessibility wheelchair, as well as
supplies for the local Special Olympics this year, including
uniforms, caps and shirts!
Mohsen has always been passionate about sports, playing soccer
and tennis as well as recently training for a triathlon.
Since volunteering with FCPA, he and a group of others train
together, which helped Mohsen to work his way up to Half
Ironman status (1.2 mile open water swim, 56 mile bike, and
13.1 mile run). In addition, he ran two marathons during
2011, the National and Marine Corp. He fully credits his
volunteer work with contributing to these lifetime
Volunteering is a great way to achieve great things, and
corporations like Microsoft recognize their value. Does
your company have a similar program?