Outdoor Outreach Receives National Designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2019

Outdoor Outreach Receives National Designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2019


San Diego, February 1, 2019 – Outdoor Outreach has been named one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering employees exceptional commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria.


“Outdoor Outreach is one of the top employers in the nation offering high level commuter benefits to their employees,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. “Outdoor Outreach made the list because they offer transportation choices that include telework and access to Emergency Ride Home programs. Outdoor Outreach gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during, and after their work day.”


Outdoor Outreach is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employee-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. Outdoor Outreach offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:

  • Teleworking program, which reduced at least 6 percent of commuting all employee commute trips
  • Carpooling
  • Emergency Ride Home program


“We take immense pride in receiving our 2019 Best Workplaces for Commuters national designation,” said Kaylie Erickson, Outdoor Outreach “Our commuter benefit programs reflect our commitment to our people and have helped us recruit top talent, experience lower turnover, and foster a highly collaborative environment. Financially, we have reduced overhead costs and reduced payroll tax contributions. I have found that the Best Workplaces for Commuters program is good for our company and good for our people.”  


The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training, and information exchange.


“The companies on this list understand the importance and impact commuter benefits have on their employees and the value they bring to the environment,” said Bond. “Excellent commuter benefit programs may reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”


About Outdoor Outreach, outdooroutreach.org

Founded in 1999, Outdoor Outreach has been connecting youth to the transformative power of the outdoors for 20 years. At Outdoor Outreach, we use the outdoors to inspire youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives and to realize the positive attitude and behavioral changes that help them become happy, healthy, and successful adults.


About Best Workplaces for Commuters 

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create and sustain an employee-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 250 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 1,000,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)  at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). For more information: http://www.bestworkplaces.org/


About Center for Urban Transportation Research (https://www.cutr.usf.edu/)

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, established in 1988, is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education and effective technical assistance that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors.  CUTR’s faculty of 37 full-time researchers and 57 students, combines academic knowledge and extensive “real world” experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation.  The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy and geography.  CUTR logs nearly $20 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions.

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