November 2015 Corporate News
Points of Light Asia
In November, Points of Light brought together a group of influential corporate leaders for an executive breakfast in Singapore to introduce Points of Light Asia, share the ways that Points of Light is partnering with companies globally, and invite input and support as we launch the POL Asia office. The breakfast was co-hosted by Mildred Tan, Managing Director of Ernst & Young and Points of Light Asia board member. A special thank you to Bank of America, Edelman, Ernst & Young, GSK, IBM, KPMG, Latham Watkins, MasterCard, Milbank, Moody’s, PwC, SingHaiyi, NVPC, StateStreet for joining us!
The second annual Activision Veterans Day of Service engaged more than 600 volunteers from two Activision offices and four studios in high-impact service to veterans and active duty military. Through projects coordinated by HandsOn Network Affiliates L.A. Works, HandsOn Bay Area, HandsOn Twin Cities and partner Right Hand Events, these hard-working volunteers accomplished incredible things for 18 worthy nonprofit organizations. In the LA area, volunteers descended on the VA campus to spread mulch, paint murals, build planter benches and picnic tables and add fresh coats of paint to worn walls. At the Cal Vet facility on the VA campus, volunteers traded stories with veterans, played games, enjoyed an ice cream social and even played Activision’s own Guitar Hero with residents who rarely have visitors. Other Day of Service projects occurred in Minneapolis, Carlsbad (CA) and the Bay Area. Among many other accomplishments, volunteers packed 1455 hygiene kits, created 112 paracord survival bracelets, packaged 150 care packages for female members of the military, made 50 fleece blankets for older veterans and dug 40 feet of trench to move water across the property of a residential home for veterans. In just one day, Activision volunteers dedicated 2,481 hours of service to honor and serve veterans and active duty military.
San Juan, PR
The Baby Jesus Home Foundation (Fundacion Hogar Nino Jesus) welcomed 14 volunteers to spruce up the center on November 6. The group completed minor bathroom repairs, installed light fixtures on the playground, painted a swing set and fence, and assembled hygiene kits for the residents.
HandsOn Network Affiliate, United Way for Greater Austin, engaged 30 volunteers with the Meadowbrook Boys and Girls Club on November 13. The Meadowbrook Boys and Girls Club has been open less than one year and has been in need of community support in an effort to grow its programs. In just one day Altria was able to make meal kits to benefit 27 families, organized and labeled thousands of books in the lending library, created new learning spaces, and completed several painting projects in the picnic area, center hallways, and reading areas.
Saturday, November 14 was an exciting morning at the Pathway School where HandsOn Affiliate, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, led 16 volunteers. The project consisted of painting the following areas; hallways in the Independence Hall, sensory room, and the play room known as the rewards room. The principal and staff with Pathway School was so excited and grateful they invited the volunteers to come back for the students’ performance of Shrek.
Bessemer Trust employees in Woodbridge, NJ returned to Ozanam Family Shelter for a second great project organized by Jersey Cares. Ozanam is an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to homeless women and children. Volunteers built on October’s financial literacy training by engaging the mothers in a job skills training where they prepared for future job interviews and practiced speaking with prospective employers. While their mothers were receiving this training, volunteers led the children in making Thanksgiving themed crafts.
During the month of November, projects for Duke Energy’s Season4Giving took place in Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC and Cincinnati, OH through HandsOn Network Affiliates. In Charlotte, 39 Duke Energy volunteers helped weatherize 13 homes for mostly senior residents in the Genesis Park neighborhood of Charlotte. In addition to caulking windows and adding weather stripping to doors, the volunteers also installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and gave out flyers with tips about making homes more energy efficient. The South Carolina offices focused on holiday-themed projects around Thanksgiving and in Cincinnati, the office prepared winter preparedness kits for children in three school districts.
In November, Prudential employees participated in volunteer projects in Minneapolis, MN, Washington, DC and Jacksonville, FL. In the Washington DC area, a small, hard working group of five Prudential volunteers plus three community volunteers were able to make a huge dent in the four cubic yards of gravel for the barbecue area which was originally designed for 15 people at the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)! In addition, the team hosted a financial skills based game as the residential kids got off the bus from school. Sonya, a Prudential volunteer who we assigned to be in charge of the game, was so impressed with the concept and execution she exclaimed “This would be great for my 26 year old!” and was excited to bring the game to other events. The nonprofit, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, was so excited for the project and the impact it had on their residents. Franny Mack, the property manager, said that they would not have been able to complete any of these tasks on their own without Prudential and was so grateful for the impact that was made. Emily Button, the primary point of contact at APAH is excited to find more ways to partner with both Prudential and Volunteer Fairfax moving forward.
The Visa Global Volunteer Month continued in November, with projects in Utah and Colorado. In Utah, Visa volunteers supported two programs at Community Action of Provo. Half of the volunteers worked in the warehouse sorting food donations, assisting shoppers in the food pantry, and organizing a storage closet. The other half of the volunteers helped makeover the organization’s financial literacy classroom by assembling furniture and painting the kids area. In Boulder, Colorado, the group of Visa volunteers was charged with filling sturdy bags with food to be handed out over the next few weeks to clients of the Emergency Family Assistance Association organization. The group filled 120 bags and then moved to another important project, unpacking two and a half pallets and about 500 toys that would be selected by families for their children in the next several weeks.
Corporate Service Council Learning Lab: Technology and Volunteering
In November, the Corporate Service Council kicked off its FY16 series of Learning Labs, which are virtual courses about critical and emerging trends in corporate volunteering. The first series of the year explored how companies spark service and accelerate volunteering with technology. 50 attendees joined the webinar to learn from speakers from CareerVillage.org, Points of Light, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM. Speakers from CareerVillage.org and Points of Light shared new trends in technology and virtual volunteering. Rebecca Wang from Hewlett Packard Enterprise discussed the HPE Advisors Program and their experience connecting volunteers with NGOs and entrepreneurs around the world. Heidi Kraemer from IBM shared IBM’s new On Demand Community mobile app, which they are using to engage their employees and retirees globally in service. Launched in April 2015, the mobile app is used by over 270,000 employees and retirees in more than 120 countries, and has logged 18.5 million volunteer hours.
Main themes of the dialogue focused on: the continuing challenge of getting employees to log volunteer hours, the rise of data and analytics to drive more targeted and impactful volunteer programs, a trend towards integrating technology platforms, and the fact that communication still remains a critical part of successful volunteer programs.
For more information about any of these events, or to find out how you can get involved with Points of Light, please contact Madeline Eaton ([email protected] or 404-979-2926).