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DoorDash kicks off Veterans Appreciation Month by rolling out new Military Leave Policy

July 7, 2023

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Raj Prashad

During Veterans Appreciation Month, all of us at DoorDash celebrate and honor veterans for their service. During the month of July, we are reminded of the brave individuals who have served in our armed forces in the US and Canada. In partnership with our Veterans@ Employee Resource Group, we have a blend of in-person and virtual events, as well as an exciting announcement regarding our revamped Military Leave Policy. 

What is DoorDash's Military Leave Policy?

The new Military Leave Policy was developed with guidance from Cassie Cristo, an Air Force Service Member and a member of Veterans@ DoorDash ERG, and in partnership with our Veterans@ leadership team. The revised policy, which went into effect earlier this year, provides up to 12 weeks of supplemental pay to top-up military pay received during a military leave for eligible U.S. regular, full-time and part-time employees. This applies to members of the reserve corps of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard, or other U.S. uniformed service organization and will provide support while they are away from work, serving our country. The updated policy embodies DoorDash’s commitment to our service members, ensuring that they can serve without the stress of financial hardship.

“I am extremely proud to work for DoorDash for many reasons, but especially for this policy change. I hope more companies follow DoorDash’s lead because taking a financial hardship to serve is a contributing factor of why Guard and Reservists end their service, despite wanting to contribute more.”
- Cassie Cristo, an Air Force Service Member and a member of Veterans@ DoorDash ERG

How We're Celebrating Military Appreciation Month

During Veterans Appreciation Month, our Veterans@ leadership will host a series of events, kicking off a monthly meet-and-greet session, an open Q&A with our Chief Revenue Officer and executive sponsor of the ERG Tom Pickett, a virtual cooking class that brings together the veteran community over food and drinks, and an in-person event in Tempe, Arizona, designed to foster meaningful connections. 

Throughout the year, we’ll continue to work closely with the Veterans@ ERG in veteran recruitment. This follows our commitment to the Veteran Hiring Pledge, to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which provides career opportunities for military spouses. Last year, to honor these commitments, we hosted our inaugural “DoorDash Hires Heroes” event, dedicated to veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. 

Our dedication to the veteran community doesn’t stop there. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Zoomo, we’re empowering homeless and formerly homeless Veterans currently receiving VA homeless program services to become financially self-sufficient through new flexible earnings opportunities and financial literacy education. This pilot program is part of our Pathways to Success initiative – a slate of programming to help people facing barriers to traditional employment access flexible earnings opportunities on the Dasher platform. Our Pathways to Success pilot with the VA launched in Los Angeles and will expand to additional states.

DoorDash is also providing fully subsidized access to e-bikes for Veterans, financial empowerment resources, and provisional access to the Top Dasher program to maximize earnings opportunities for participants. The e-bikes will be provided by our partner, Zoomo, who will also service the e-bikes and provide safety training and onboarding for e-bikes.

"The Veterans@ ERG is excited to work together to create an inclusive environment for veterans, current service members, and those that support them. We are excited for our events this month and other ways for us to connect."
- Teddy Galloway III, a member of Veterans@ DoorDash ERG

To all the courageous active military, veterans, and to those who care for you: we at DoorDash thank you for your service, sacrifice, and bravery.

Our efforts to create a workplace where everyone feels welcomed, supported, and valued is one of the reasons we were recently recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 by Newsweek. To learn more about this award and how we’ve driven the culture our employees experience over the last year, click here.

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