Charity Begins at Work

Money can't buy happiness - but community service will make you feel darned good about yourself. That's why Linda Valdez decided not to have a big, expensive party to celebrate
her firm's 20th anniversary. Instead, the executive VP and co-owner of the San Antonio-based Regnier, Valdez & Associates will close up shop once a quarter this year to
dedicate time to local service projects. Employees spent this quarter's service day landscaping a local park, and other planned activities include service at an animal shelter and
school for the deaf. Valdez agrees that such extra-curricular activities promote teamwork and are a great retention tool, because, well, employees want to stay with an employer
that gives them a warm-and-fuzzy feeling.