In October, Symantec hosted its third annual Global Service Week and Give2Get was there to help!
Whew! After months of planning and prepping, from mid-September through the end of October, Give2Get ran 35 volunteer events for more than 4,000 employees and meeting attendees around the world.
We ran programs for groups with as few as 25 attendees up 600 employees in locations as close as Denver, where we're headquartered, to as far away as Malaysia. Events also took place in Budapest, Dublin, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Tokyo — as well as 25+ programs throughout the continental United States.
To say it's the busiest we've ever been is an understatement.
Yet, regardless of the location, each client received a program that was tailored to their interest areas from environmental initiatives that involved picking up hundreds of pounds of trash and planting thousands of flowers and saplings to education-based programs that included assembling hundreds of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) kits to programs that improved the lives of the homeless by making thousands of blankets and packing hygiene kits.
More importantly, though we often partner with nonprofits that clients have existing relationships with, we often bring in our own ideas. Instead of donating pet beds to animal shelters, we may ask volunteers to make beds, toys, and collars. This way, in addition to the nonprofit getting the items they need, the corporations that we work with can accomplish their own goals like building employees’ communication and teamwork skills. We also, thanks to our global network, can help clients find new nonprofits to work with that support cause areas that they care about.
We keep our nonprofit partners happy, too. Many times they are simply told that they will receive a certain number of items, but at Give2Get, we start with the question, "What do you need?" This is a game changer because nonprofits don't have to worry about finding places to house extra items or worry that the items they receive will be inappropriate for their clientele.
Instead, they received shoes that are sized appropriately (My New Red Shoes) and backpacks that are filled with the required healthy foods for children who were effected by Hurricane Florence (Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina).
Give2Get events are also designed to fit each client's needs from a logistical standpoint — whether hosting events in large conference centers as part of a networking kickoff, at the company's office during the workday, or offsite at a local school, park, or food bank. We also consider all of the extra items that you may not think of — transportation, snacks, entertainment, photographers, and waivers — just to name a few items.
As we wrap up 2018, we're excited to see the number of corporations that have moved past hosting traditional end-of-year toy and food drives to providing exciting opportunities for employees (and, sometimes, their families) to volunteer together for the same organizations.
We're also thrilled to see that many corporations are championing employee giveback programs for January's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has long been a day that highlighted volunteering, or Earth Day, which was started to encourage individuals to improve the environment they live in.
Are you missing a revenue opportunity for your conference? Many conferences are adding a corporate social responsibility activity package as part of their key sponsorship offerings. Not only is this an impactful way of engaging attendees, but it’s also a great way to create goodwill for sponsors and the conference organizers. Creating a CSR proposal for an event can be tricky; however, you need to get this on your conference agenda.
With children no longer in school, summer is the perfect time to refurbish schools, community centers, and other places that cater to children’s educational needs. If your team can’t travel offsite, there are other options that Give2Get can bring to your company like packing backpacks or making art kits.
Many companies have chosen to adopt local schools to make a real, visible impact in their communities. Students and staff members often send thank you cards and invite the volunteers that improved their learning environment to various events throughout the year like science fairs, talent shows, and school-wide productions.
Give2Get offers companies ways to build their culture through volunteer programs. Whether you want to take a team offsite or host a "Tower of Giving" by having different projects -- making blankets, packing essential food kits, or tying paranoid bracelets -- on different floors in your company's building.