Armed with a healthy dose of goodwill towards others, Campus Media Group hit the road for our inaugural volunteer day on Friday. This year we gave back to our community by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization with additional locations in Illinois and Arizona. Their mission – “Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit” – became our mission for the day and we dove in. With our teamwork we were able to help feed 16 kids every day for an entire year.
It was a fun and rewarding volunteer event for all of us. Not only did we get to help starving children in nearly 70 countries, we got to work as a team towards a noble goal. We are planning to make our volunteer day an annual event – any suggestions on where we should head next year?
For more information about Feed My Starving Children please check out theirwebsite.
“Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” – Unknown “Take Care of People – People before Paper, People before Profits, People before Self and People before Projects” – by Carol S. Ritter
I recently spent a few days in New Orleans working on a Habitat for Humanity site. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but for one reason or another never made the time or the effort. So what spurred me on to do this now? In part because our company, Campus Media, recently put in place a policy that allows all employees to have two paid days off per year if spent volunteering. We’re finding it’s a great way to allow employees to give back to their communities in the way they think is best.
Why would a company decide to just give away more time off to employees? If you are a company that hires Gen Y, offering volunteering opportunities is a great way to provide the kinds of work environment they are looking for. CSRwire reported that according to the 2007 Volunteer IMPACT survey by Deloitte & Touche USA, 62 percent of the 18-26 year old respondents said they would prefer to work for companies that give them opportunities to contribute their talents to nonprofit organizations. As a company that both hires Gen Y and includes them as our target audience, it’s important to reflect their values in what we do every day.