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Day to Serve Resources for State Employees

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Governor Hogan is personally encouraging all state employees to participate in Day to Serve, and is therefore giving all employees four consecutive hours of paid leave to take part in a volunteer activity of their choice. These four hours can be taken at any time from September 11 to October 10, 2017.

Taking and Submitting Leave to Volunteer in Day to Serve
1. Choose an event or create one with co-workers, family, and friends, and register it.
2. Check with your supervisor to ensure that you can take time off on the date of your service.
3. Please complete the following forms: 2017 State Employees Day to Serve Agreement and 2017 State Employees Day to Serve Verification Form, and email both to your supervisor.
4. Each agency’s timekeepers will grant up to four hours of Paid Administrative Leave for employees that submit verification forms (indicated above). If you use Workday for timekeeping, use “Paid Administrative Leave” as your Time Off Type and “Day to Serve” as your Time Off Reason. Paid Administrative Leave can only be used when it is granted by the agency timekeeper.  If your agency uses as different timekeeping system, please contact your timekeeper for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Day to Serve?
Day to Serve is an annual initiative that promotes volunteerism and encourages our residents to serve their communities.  Maryland participates with Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.

When is Day to Serve?
September 11 – October 10, 2017

How do I participate?
Check out the volunteer event map to find opportunities in your area. If you would like to volunteer at an organization that is not listed on the event map, make sure that the organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Are leave hours available for state employees?
Yes. Up to four consecutive administrative leave hours are available for state employees. Leave hours must be used at one time. Supervisors must provide approval for any volunteer event using leave hours.

How do state employees access leave hours?
Please see below: “Taking and Submitting Leave to Volunteer in Day to Serve.”

Can I use administrative leave hours outside of regular work hours?
No. Administrative leave only applies to regular work hours. Any volunteer activity done outside of work hours will not be eligible for leave.

Can I obtain comp hours from participating in a Day to Serve event outside of normal work hours?
No. Comp hours will not be provided for volunteering outside of normal work hours.

Are leave hours available for contractual employees?
No. Unfortunately, leave hours do not apply to contractual employees.

Are there any other state employees where leave hours are not eligible for leave hours?
Yes. Please see this list for a list of ineligible employees.