The Center for Companies That Care released its 2007 Honor Roll list in March; showcasing 35 organizations that go above and beyond the usual call of duty for their employees based on 10 characteristics that the center feels are essential to creating a balanced and friendly work environment.

Over the past 25 years, this family-founded company has expanded to include more than 15,000 employees who pride themselves on providing a culture of learning and leadership. Levy Restaurants pioneered the concept of fine dining in stadiums and its diverse team looks to hit one out of the park with its service.

The Virginia-based health-care company has put aside $1.8 million for workforce development in 2008 and through its Workforce Development and Strategy office has been trying to make its employees feel that their jobs are important. VCU Health Systems was the first company to offer on-site adult day care as well as childcare.

This school is just as proud of its students on graduation day as it is of the employees who help them get there. It initiated a Staff Success Sharing Program that awards employees with a bonus of 3% to 5% if the school meets revenue, expense, and customer-satisfaction goals.

The company's 235 employees donate their time and money to help the needy in their community. In 2006, the employee-led committee sponsored a staff bell-ringing event for the Salvation Army, which yielded 87% greater income than anticipated.

This office-supply manufacturer was singled out for its employees contribution to the community at large; employees participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) Summer Games, SOVA's Polar Plunge, canned food drives, and regular blood drives. Through its customer-centric mind-set, the company has grown by leaps and bounds.

From top to bottom, this accounting firm's diverse group of employees have embraced the guiding principles of respect, integrity, professional excellence, and leadership that it put in place in 2001. The firm also produces a national publication, DiversityDigest, to increase awareness and highlight employees who reach out to their diverse community.

This energy-transmission organization cares about its own. The company's Fit Bike Team participated in a ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; a cause close to their hearts since one of their own is stricken with the disease. Employees also joined together to retrofit their coworkers home to provide ramps, guardrails, and, as of recently, rides to the doctor.

Life can't be all work and no play. This company puts emphasis on work-life balance by providing three free squares every day, on-site fitness classes, a gym, washers and dryers, and even complimentary holiday present wrapping during the holiday crunch.

This financial powerhouse initiated a program to touch 29,000 lives in 30 days, which included more than 65,000 employee hours at 200 projects to improve the community. The 29k/30 campaign projects ran the gamut, from building houses to running a carnival at a children's hospital.

The health-care-products developer likes to keep its employees smiling with events that get their minds off of the daily grind. Its 435 employees partake in salsa cook-offs, costume parties, minigolf, and on-site picnics that allow coworkers to mingle with family in nontraditional settings.

Life comes at you fast, and this company likes to provide its associates with the tools to deal with life head-on. The ImagiNationwide program provides all 35,000 employees with the training that puts them, as its slogan says, "on your side." The OnYourSide volunteer network also gives employees a chance to give back.

This company provides life-enhancing therapeutic proteins to save lives on a regular basis, but its employees still want to find other ways to enrich lives in their North Carolina community. As the top sponsor of the 23rd-annual Old Reliable Run, its team of 140 employees raised money for the Triangle United Way.

Employees of this information-service company enjoy helping out and having fun. In 2006, employees and family members participated in Ceridian Idol to kick off a United Way event. This plays into Ceridian's philosophy that employees who have fun do better work.

This member-centric credit union believes firmly in a strong family life. As part of its benefits package, it offers a sponsored Weight Watchers program, fitness room, dry cleaning, a lactation room for new mothers. It also always participates in Bring your Kid to Work Days.

This national organization's community-involvement programs foster corporate citizenship and create opportunities for partners and employees to improve the communities in which in they live. Employees tailor their efforts locally for greater impact, and KPMG's Volunteer Release Time lets employees volunteer 12 hours annually on company time.

The communications-equipment manufacturer holds an annual Wellness Fair for its more than 300 employees. The fair provides employees and their families with free flu shots, massages, chiropractic assessments, cholesterol screenings, stress assessments, nutritional counseling, and consultations from Weight Watchers and the American Cancer Society.

The company has an extensive child-care program. Its three on-site Family Centers provide child care, summer camp, and teen volunteer programs. The company is also active in the community, offering a mobile health station to care for the poor and needy.

For this hospital, caring for their patients means caring for their staff and their families as well. The hospital provides childcare and a sick-child center on site. It also makes special time for children to interact with grandparents at the site.

As a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, EFS prizes itself on customer service and developing leaders who will serve their community at all levels. The company has been producing clear leaders since 1957 when it began with a fleet of just seven vehicles.

The 45 employees of the design-Build division are often called upon by the firm to assist in quality control, project reviews, and mentoring of other staff members. They work to uphold the environmentally friendly standards that the company has put in place, while also educating the community about the impact of different materials.

This custom printer shows appreciation for its employees through its Tri'N'Goal game. The game motivates employees to work as a team, reduce errors, and increase sales. Employees of the 50-year-old company are also awarded financially and with special luncheons. It prides itself in the old-fashioned values it brings to modern printing techniques.

DCHS embodies characteristic No. 1 with a work culture that values dignity and respect for both its patients and its employees. It does this through principles of caring that include "serving the emergency health-care needs of everyone, regardless of a patient's ability to pay."

This leading financial institution embodies the post-Enron culture of ethics. Its Ethics Hotline is a confidential service employees can use in order to blow the whistle on any financial or ethical wrongdoings, including auditing irregularities and illegal activities. OHSB wants its employees to be seen as a model of professionalism and integrity.

This pharma's Ethics and Compliance team tries to make policy awareness a source of fun with an interactive exhibit called "Rocked or Shocked?" It constantly works toward creating a corporate culture that is both professional and comfortable by adopting alternative work options.

This not-for-profit public-benefit corporation manages the flow of electricity to California's open market. It consistently thinks about the human toll of every business decision as it s strives to keep the lights on for more than 30 million Californians, to whom it supplies more than 200 billion kilowatt-hours annually.

Safety is a key priority for this professional arboricultural firm. This tree hugger lends its time to helping draw up preservation plans, as well as talking in local garden clubs, while always keeping its mind on the safety of its 300 employees, 65,000 clients, and the trees it hopes to preserve.

As one of North America's largest life safety, security, and energy management companies, Convergint thrives on serving its community. Its company holiday, Convergint Day, allows all of its 330 employees to volunteer on company time. Convergint donated more than $100,000 in labor and materials before it began making a profit.

This office-supply giant endorses the philosophy of giving with a purpose. The company supports nonprofit organizations by donating money and products and by raising awareness. Its commitment to education is exemplified by its signature National Backpack Program, in which it has donated 1 million backpacks to at-risk children since 2001.

While providing internal audit services to hospitals throughout the U.S., CHAN employees also work to serve their communities. Each CHAN Leadership Team member conducts at least 60 hours of community service per year, and all employees are encouraged to take part in community service.

Rush University Medical Center provided more than $126 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2005 -- more than 12% of its annual operating expenses -- to the West Side and to the people of Chicago, embodying characteristic No. 9. Part of that amount consisted of $79.2 million in much-needed care that Rush provided to its patients.

As a company that has been serving drivers for more than 100 years, AAA helped pioneer driving education in 1935. Since then, it has worked to serve its community by creating the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety & Education, as well as providing safety tips for older drivers.

McKinley's core purpose is to enrich the quality of life in the communities it serves while investing in and managing residential and commercial real estate nationwide. Its employees have a CAN DO attitude, a focus on customer service, commitment to results, and flexibility that it likes to call "the Gumby mentality."

This LED and optics maker has a mission to "bring out the best in people and photons" by taking whatever steps necessary to attract, retain, educate, and motivate the talented people in the field to join its company.

The health system is recognized in Oregon as a leader in school-to-work opportunities. School-to-work partnerships include a spectrum of activities including tours, job shadows, classroom speakers, structured work experience, and teacher tours and internships.

With more than 4,700 employees and 24,000 retail stores in its mall locations, GGP's business philosophy is centered on its CORE -- Customers, Owners, Retailers, Employees.

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35 Companies You Want to Work For

The Center for Companies That Care released its 2007 Honor Roll list in March; showcasing 35 organizations that go above and beyond the usual call of duty for their employees based on 10 characteristics that the center feels are essential to creating a balanced and friendly work environment.

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