October 2015 Corporate News
2015 Conference on Volunteering and Service Highlights:
From October 19-21, close to 4,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas to learn from, share with and get inspired by one another. In a bipartisan spirit, all who gathered shared in a movement to propel volunteer service forward. Celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, musicians, educators, political figures and thousands of service leaders examined how the next generation of change-makers are creating new pathways for direct action and unleashing power to make a difference in the world.
We would especially like to thank our title sponsor UPS – along with JPMorgan Chase & Co., United Airlines, Target, Disney, Deloitte and Citi Foundation among others – for the involvement and support that made this inspiring convening a success. To our hometown partners, thank you for welcoming us to Texas and demonstrating the passion Texans have to build strong, vibrant communities and unite in service. Points of Light continues to seek additional partners to join this high-profile event in Detroit in June 2016.
Read Across the Globe
Thousands of volunteers in Houston kicked off Read Across the Globe, a 24-hour bid to break the Guinness World Record for the number of children read to by an adult in a single day. While a global initiative, it also served as the Conference service project. Sponsored by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Volunteer Houston and Deloitte, as well as the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, the event brought local and conference volunteers to elementary schools throughout Houston. Globally, children were read to in more than 26 countries and at more than 500 venues. Points of Light continues to receive final reporting from all participants.
Civic Accelerator Social Innovator Meetup
A fireside chat with Starbucks president of the America's, Cliff Burrows, and 11 year old CEO of Bee Sweet Lemonade, Mikaila Ulmer, highlighted an exciting and engaging Civic Accelerator Social Innovator Meetup at the Conference. In addition to connecting with each other and learning innovation trends, attendees, including several Civic Accelerator alumni, participated in an exercise called the "Science of Luck."
Welcome to Houston Party
Country music stars Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Pete Scobell performed at the Welcome to Texas Celebration, sponsored by United Airlines, Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors. Over 1,500 guests chowed down on a Texas-style barbecue, line-danced and posed with local cowboys, rodeo clowns and a Texas longhorn.
A Billion + Change – the Points of Light national pro bono campaign that mobilized more than 3,500 companies to do skills-based and pro bono volunteering – hosted its first Texas ScopeAThon to benefit Houston-area nonprofits with an education and literacy focus. During the unique event, nonprofits received four hours of free consulting from area project managers, and each walked away with a scope, solutions and a stronger path forward. More than 150 area project manager volunteers from the Project Management Institute of Houston joined in the day of coaching sponsored by HP with help from Charity Engine and Volunteer Houston.
Nonprofit Capacity Building Boot Camp
As a corporate leader in capacity building, JPMorgan Chase & Co., sponsored a two-part boot camp for 100 attendees to highlight the role skills-based volunteers can play in helping organizations meet their missions. Participants heard from a dynamic cross-sector panel and used the Skills-Based Service Engagement Tool developed by Points of Light and the Taproot Foundation, with support from ConAgra Foods. During the second boot camp session, leading intermediaries Taproot and Common Impact facilitated peer-led and solution-focused discussions on core competencies in skills-based volunteering.
This year’s Business Track, sponsored by Target, highlighted the innovations that are shaping corporate volunteerism. More than 300 participants explored the power of companies as community change-makers and heard from a panel of CEOs led by Richard Edelman of Edelman PR and included David Abney from UPS, Michael Groff from Toyota Financial Services, Dick Williams from Shell, Kerry Sullivan from Bank of America and Cliff Burrows from Starbucks. Weren’t able to attend all of the sessions? We are delighted to offer the content, presentations, articles and other highlights from our resource website.
HandsOn Network Affiliate Jersey Cares managed a project at Ozanam Family Shelter, an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to homeless women and children in Woodbridge, NJ. Thirty Bessemer Trust volunteers engaged the adult residents in a financial literacy training. To keep the children entertained while their mothers were receiving this training, other volunteers read stories to the children and then created magic reading carpets based on these stories.
This month’s key collaborative effort for Citi Foundation and ServiceWorks was nationwide participation in Make a Difference Day. The initiative was a part of USA Today and parent company Gannett’s plan to make October 24 the largest national day of community service.
Employees from Citi joined hundreds of other volunteers, Service Scholars and AmeriCorps VISTAs in ServiceWorks host cities around the country on projects that ranged from beautification work at a school in Miami to community cleanup projects in DC, to working on a sustainable farm in Ferguson, Missouri.
Other Make a Difference Day projects included a clothing drive and building an outdoor classroom in Chicago, a fall festival in Los Angeles, youth reading project led by Service Scholars in New York and building beds for toddlers in Boston.
All this came on the heels of a large Citi presence for all youth opportunity programming at the Conference on Volunteering and Service, where one of the biggest highlights was rolling out a preview of ServiceWorks Online. For more information on how the Citi-funded ServiceWorks program was nominated for a Renewal Award, read our latest blog.
Altria employees completed Day of Sharing projects in October in the following markets: Two projects took place in Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and two in Florida. A total of 10 projects were completed to engage 251 employees.
- Baltimore, MD: On Wednesday, October 14, HandsOn Affiliate Business Volunteers Maryland led 26 Altria employees with a volunteer opportunity with Martha’s Place in Baltimore. For the day of service, volunteers assisted with the revitalization of the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, an area greatly impacted by the unrest experienced in Baltimore, through building renovations, murals, and creation of green spaces.
- Pontiac, MI: Humble Designs teamed up with a group of 25 Altria employees to renovate two homes for families in Pontiac, Michigan. Humble Designs started in 2009 to assist families in the process of rebuilding their home lives coming from local shelters. Volunteers were able to make a huge impact with the kitchens, bedrooms, and living spaces in the two homes.
- Tulsa, OK: The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma engaged Altria employees on Wednesday, October 21 to sort, package and organize donations to benefit families is 24 counties. The group did a tremendous job and completed the task of bagging 2,219 pounds of cereal, which turns into 1,109 bags to distribute to families in the Tulsa community.
In addition to UPS being the title sponsor of the Conference on Volunteering and Service, it was also their annual Global Month of Service. UPS partnered with two HandsOn Network Affiliates for projects in Richmond, VA and Houston, TX during October. During the Conference on Volunteering and Service, 45 UPS employees participated in a project at Roderick Paige Elementary School in Houston’s Independent School District. The school named after President Bush 43rd’s Secretary of Education has been a long time partner of UPS and has recently hired new principal looking for community engagement to help improve school performance. UPS was proud to continue its partnership with the school to help improve facilities and student/ teacher morale through their participation in the Read Across the Globe. In Richmond, 219 UPS employees participated in HandsOn Greater Richmond’s HandsOn Day of service. The employees were spread over 11 sites throughout the city of Richmond and contributed more than 920 hours of service in a single day.
This year, Hilton Worldwide changed its Global Week of Service into the Global Month of Service. For a fourth year, HandsOn Network Affiliates coordinated the signature projects for employees in five US and six International cities engaging hundreds of Hilton Worldwide employees and hotel brands in service. The month of service wrapped at Hilton Worldwide’s headquarters in McLean, VA at the Martin K. Alloy Boys and Girls Club of Manassas. 110 volunteers created new homework spaces for the children, gave a transformative makeover to the large main entrance area which houses the game room, locker storage, created an interactive bulletin board of the world where children learned about locations of the various Hilton brands’ property locations and those parts of the world, and built two garden beds to be used in the spring.
Duke Energy wrapped up its spring/ summer Care4Environment projects with a project in Cincinnati, OH. The HandsOn Nashville affiliate traveled to Cincinnati to coordinate 90 Duke Energy employees during a playground build at Ludlow Independent School District. The park is open to the public so that both students and residents can enjoy the newly renovated space.
As the newest AmeriCorps members were sworn in on the launch of AmeriCorps Opening Day in a nationwide swearing in ceremony on October 16, Deloitte LLP and AmeriCorps Alums celebrated newly graduated AmeriCorps alumni by hosting a Virtual Resume Review. The Opening Day ceremony was an ideal moment to reflect on the impact this year’s AmeriCorps members will have, but also the greater impact they could have as alumni if they are connected with more professional development support after service. AmeriCorps Alums’ Virtual Resume Review paired AmeriCorps alumni from across the country with consultants from Deloitte’s Atlanta, GA office. Each reviewer gave feedback on the 21st century skills employers look for and how to translate national service experience onto a resume in addition to offering general best practices and tips. Deloitte’s volunteers enhanced AmeriCorps Alums’ professional development programming by providing a unique opportunity for one-on-one feedback with experienced professionals. This event also helped advance AmeriCorps Alums’ work cultivating a talent pipeline of civic leaders who are committed to making communities safer, stronger, and healthier.
Fidelity Transformation Day season came to a great conclusion in October with projects at four deserving schools. Transformation Day are part of Fidelity’s ongoing commitment to support schools and their student, teacher and parent communities.
- American Fork, UT: On October 10, 230 volunteers and 25 project leaders from Fidelity joined HandsOn Network to revitalize and beautify Pleasant Grove Jr. High School. Volunteers completed projects all over the campus, refreshing and improving key areas. Inside, they created a new Ultimate Math Challenge Display in the Math Hallway, and created a college-themed hall highlighting local Utah schools along with 75 other universities from around the country. They also original artwork showcasing the school’s motto SAIL (Self Discipline, Attitude, Integrity, Learning.) Outside, volunteers enhanced the campus and made the building more welcoming with a newly created privacy fence, new landscaping and solar lights in front of the school sign, a new fence cup school mascot mural, laying 1600 sq ft of sod around the campus, restriping six tennis courts, repairing two sets of bleachers, painting new safety curbing, painting classroom numbers around the track for evacuation and emergency purposes, repainting accent areas around the school and refurbishing and installing new mosaics in four outdoor benches. The entire campus was improved by these projects!
- Pawtucket, RI: Fidelity volunteers do more than just paint, plant and build! On October 28, 67 Fidelity associates visited Slater Junior High to demonstrate some fun aspects of STEM to the students. Volunteers led a Solar Car Workshop, working with students to build solar cars, which students can later race outside. Additionally, volunteers led a Robotics Kit Workshop, where students, with the help of volunteers, built doodling robots that spin and vibrate while holding markers to create a doodle. Fantastic Fraction Bingo was also part of the day, with volunteers leading a game of bingo while students added, subtracted, divided, and multiplied fractions.
- Durham, NC: With 180 volunteers at Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School of Technology on October 24, some amazing projects were completed. Volunteers established an outdoor learning space near a stream that borders the school campus, added sports murals (complete with science and economic data related to the sport, such as the formula for calculating the hang time of a ball), revitalizing the school’s greenhouse, renovating the on-campus barn that is used as a STEM house and improving the school’s gardens.
- Dallas, TX: Long-time Fidelity partner Marsh Preparatory Academy welcomed more than 230 Fidelity volunteers for a Transformation Day that focused on sprucing up “portable alley,” where many classrooms are located. Teams of volunteers added school spirit by painting Marsh Matador murals and building new picnic tables and planter benches that were painted in school colors. Portable alley was also transformed into a more college-focused area, with volunteers painting college logos and colors on portable doors and adding in college directional signage to support the Principal’s goal to reference college opportunities whenever possible in order to develop a culture where students take it for granted that they will go to college. More than 1,000 hours of service were dedicated to Marsh in just one afternoon.
As part of Visa’s global partnership with Points of Light, we kicked off a season of volunteer service with a project in Charlotte, NC. Working with Hands On Charlotte, Visa volunteers worked at a group home for individuals living with cerebral palsy. The team focused on renovating the covered back patio into a more attractive, calm atmosphere for the residents, their families and the staff. Volunteers painted a stonework pattern on the patio, refreshed landscaping and replaced lighting fixtures. Stay tuned for more high-impact projects with Visa around the globe!
Wells Fargo’s Founder Henry Wells said, “Our lives are not measured by the number of years and days we exist, but by what we accomplish while we live, and the good we may render to our fellow man.” Today, that sentiment holds true with Wells Fargo’s volunteer program, which last year inspired its employees to volunteer more than 1.7 million hours around the world. Read the stories of three Wells Fargo volunteers and how they are changing the world through service.
The power of volunteering can change the life of a child through reading and change the capacity of reading non-profits through pro bono service. With the support and leadership of Hewlett Packard-Enterprise, A Billion + Change kicked-off the Conference on Volunteering and Service by hosting its first ScopeAthon to benefit Houston-area literacy nonprofits. During the unique event, nonprofits received four hours of free consulting from area Project Managers, and walked away with a scope, solutions and a stronger path forward. More than 150 area project manager volunteers, including a dozen Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, from the Project Management Institute of Houston joined in the day of coaching. A thank you note from Harris County Public Library (HCPL), one of the 30 nonprofit participants, sums up the day…
“Ready for Reading was truly beneficial in helping HCPL focus and develop a project plan for a pilot youth literacy program that we will be implementing. The expertise and guidance that the project managers shared will be instrumental as we develop measureable outcomes and project assessment. We have followed up with the project managers and they have agreed to provide additional pro bono support as we move forward. Thanks for inviting and allowing HCPL to participate in this transformative event.”
Mondelēz International’s continued commitment to well-being was evident during their Annual Global Volunteer Month. They completed 18 projects in three domestic markets- Chicago/Deerfield, IL, East Hanover, NJ and Miami, FL. Hundreds of volunteers across the country created “healthy living journals” to offer children a fun and interactive way to learn about nutrition and exercise. In addition, 281 volunteers participated in projects developed by Chicago Cares, HandsOn Miami, and Jersey Cares. From leading school children in a Kid’s Active Fest or helping with the distribution of food at a local food bank, Mondelēz International employees created a meaningful impact in their communities.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-979-2926).