POINTS OF LIGHT INSTITUTE RE-LAUNCHES THE CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL NETWORK AND RECOGNIZES ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE 2009 CORPORATE VOLUNTEER COUNCIL AWARDS

ATLANTA (July 29, 2009) – Points of Light Institute announced the re-launch of the Corporate Volunteer Council Network (“CVC Network”), formally known as the CVC Partners Program, during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors.

The CVC Network, a partnership between HandsOn Network and CVCs across the U.S., supports the development and growth of start-up and longstanding CVCs by providing resources, customized assistance and networking opportunities.

The re-launch of the CVC Network would not have been possible without the remarkable leadership of the CVC Advisory Council. The council advises HandsOn Network and serves the CVCs, enabling these groups of leaders to become more effective within their local communities.

To coincide with this launch, The CVC Advisory Council, in partnership with Points of Light Institute, honored two professional associations for extraordinary efforts in promoting and improving employee volunteer programs with Corporate Volunteer Council Awards.

The Corporate Volunteer Council – Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska was awarded the Corporate Volunteer Council Fast Start Award. The Fast Start Award is presented annually to a CVC established within the past three years that has met the CVC Principles of Excellence and demonstrated the potential for continued success.

The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year Award was awarded to the Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities. This award is given to a CVC that has employed the principles with superiority during the past year.

Nominees for the awards were judged based on adherence to the Corporate Volunteer Council Principles of Excellence, benchmarks established to help CVCs strive to maximize their operations, effectiveness and accomplishments. The benchmarks measure if a CVC is acknowledging its mission to meet needs in the community and be a resource for its members; if it is committed to truly helping corporations that wish to establish employee volunteer programs; and if the CVC is targeting efforts to create real solutions for serious social problems.

The nearly 100 CVCs in the U.S. are generally associated with volunteer organizations and serve as the primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting businesses that support employee volunteer programs. Successful councils promote volunteerism in the workplace and provide a place for networking and exchange of ideas for those who manage employee volunteer programs.

For more information on how to join the CVC Network please email CVCinfo@handsonnetwork.org or call 404-979-2900.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HONOREES

Corporate Volunteerism Council - Twin Cities
Established in 1980, CVC – Twin Cities was one of the first CVCs in the nation. CVC – Twin Cities is a professional association that works to improve communities through its mission to advocate, support and grow employee volunteerism in companies of all sizes. Through professional development programs, networking and sharing best practices, CVC – Twin Cities supports companies and employee volunteerism. Recently, CVC – Twin Cities organized a service project that involved collaboration between more than 100 volunteers from 10 companies.

Corporate Volunteer Council – Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska
Volunteer Partners, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, began plans to establish a local CVC in 2001. The Volunteer Partners staff of 2.75 people worked diligently to secure support and involvement from the business community and was able to launch the CVC in November 2006. The CVC – Lincoln and Lancaster County aims to connect volunteer workforces to needs in the community, fulfilling this goal through the management of a central database where more than 250 local non-profit organizations list volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the CVC offers volunteer leader training to ensure sustainability and growth and has launched a youth volunteer program, an emergency volunteer program and a volunteer recognition event.

About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share our mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator.

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