DALLAS - If you peek in at one of North Texas' largest companies, you might notice some employees not doing their work, and with the blessing of their bosses.
Thanks to an innovative partnership with TI and innovative technology, TI employees like Ruben Reyna can go online anywhere and volunteer time to tutor students at the Trinity River Mission in West Dallas.
"I've been able to tutor from my house, from my office, basically anywhere where I can get an Internet connection," Reyna said.
Reyna also volunteers his time to tutor in person.
Vicente Argueta, 13, says the tutors have helped him make math easier to understand. He once had a TI employee tutor him from California.
"At first I was like, 'Whoa, I'm actually being able to talk with her all the way over there,'" said the eighth grader. "But, then after a while, I understand how everything works."
Vicente is one of about 12 students who regularly logs on for tutoring sessions. The Trinity River Mission has had challenges in recruiting skilled tutor volunteers to come to West Dallas to work with students. However, the new program allows TI employees to make volunteering easier.
"If I had to drive down here, it would take me over an hour-and-a-half from Richardson, and the commitment is a weekly commitment and that might be a bit much to do every week," he said.
The program just started a few weeks ago. There are enough computers for 180 students each week. Trinity River Mission needs more volunteers, like the TI employees.