A Monthly Update on Employee Volunteerism
from the Points of Light Foundation
National Participate in Make a Difference Day
Council on You can make a difference on MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
Workplace A National Day to Help Others
Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 27th is an opportunity for
Council Corporate Volunteer Centers (CVC) to organize an event and invite other
Chairperson, companies and businesses to join. Leverage business partnerships by
planning a service project together.
Points of Light To register your project, visit http://www.makeadifferenceday.com.
Foundation To order additional materials call 800-416-3824.
Survey Helps Shape Direction of Universal Orlando Volunteer Program
Shirlene Based on the results of a recent Employee Volunteer Program Survey, helping youth is the #1 focus
Anderson area that Universal Orlando employees selected for their volunteer effort. In response to this,
BellSouth Universal Orlando partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida for the first Universal
Orlando Volunteers for Kids Week. During the week of August 6th, a total of 125 Universal Orlando
Barb Alfrey volunteers took part in six projects at five Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Central Florida.
The Pillsbury Universal Orlando Volunteers hosted field day activities, read books to children, provided a special
Company performance of the Toon Lagoon Beach Bash, participated in arts and crafts activities and taught the
kids how the dinosaurs and aliens found in the theme park are created. The weeklong event
Felsen culminated on Friday, August 10th with 400 kids attending a Back to School Dance at the groove in
JPMorgan Universal CityWalk.
By responding to the survey results with a targeted weeklong initiative, Universal was able to
Yee tangibly demonstrate the importance of employee involvement in shaping the direction of a company
Levi Strauss & volunteer program. At the same time, the project prompted new interest in volunteering with over
Co. 50% of the participants being first time volunteers.
U.S. Bancorp Universal Orlando has a history of involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. Over
the last two years, employees have contributed more than 300 hours of volunteer service ranging
Elise Klysa from hosting birthday celebrations to assisting with homework. In partnership with the Governor’ s
Office, Universal recently spearheaded a $10,000 Power Up grant that will provide computers,
David Warshaw Internet service and staffing to teach computer skills to the children at the Southwest Boys & Girls
GE Elfun Club.
IBM Guidelines for Developing and Strengthening your Corporate Volunteer Council
The Points of Light Foundation supports the formation and strengthening of CVCs, because they
Universal provide opportunities for businesses and corporations to support their employees in community
Orlando service directed at solving serious social problems. Corporate Volunteer Councils are formed for
many reasons depending on the needs of the local community and the composition of its members.
Marcia In order to further enhance CVCs in the local community the Points of Light Foundation, along with
Livingston the CVC sub committee of the National Council on Workplace Volunteerism, established the
Washington Principles of Excellence for CVCs in 1995. In continuing our efforts to strengthen and develop
Corporate Volunteer Councils, it is important to revisit these Principles as they serve as a
NCWV benchmark to improve and expand local CVCs.
The Principles of Excellence for CVCs are:
Aid Association for Acknowledge: CVCs mission is two fold: to more effectively address community needs through
Lutherans collaborative volunteer efforts with the business community and to provide professional development
and networking opportunities for it’ members. CVCs exist for the needs of both the community and
Pat Kirk the individual members.
Windsor Electric Example: Does the CVC have a written purpose statement recognizing its commitment to the
community and individual member companies? Is this purpose expressed through mission
statements, credos or social policy statements?
Commit: to assisting businesses interested in developing employee volunteer programs based on
the Principles of Excellence for workplace volunteer programs.
Example: Has the CVC established policies, procedures and goals to achieve its mission? Is it
Target: CVC efforts to address serious social problems based on real community needs.
Example: Does the CVC evaluate its efforts and effectiveness, including the impact on the
community and the member companies?
Daily Points of Light Award Winner
Corporate Training August 30, 2001
Developing Excellence in Employee USinternetworking Corporation
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Learn the key success factors in developing Since 1999, USinternetworking Corporation (USi)
and strengthening employee volunteer and its employees have given generously their time,
programs based on the Principles of talent and funds to help public housing youth in
Excellence action strategy. Learn to Annapolis, Maryland, bridge the digital divide. They
measure and increase the program’ benefit
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for the company, the employees, and the promising computer students with 60 home PCs; and
community. Get answers to questions about established a server and website for public housing
resources, marketing and staffing from residents as a learning tool for students at the
leaders in the field of employee volunteering. computer lab. They enrich these contributions with a
Fee: $300 members, $375 non-members mentoring program in which USi employees volunteer
several after-work hours weekly helping children with
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new June 7, 2002 them and challenging them to
Managing Corporate Volunteer Programs
to Build Value for Business For more information about this winner and the Daily
(Advanced Business Seminar) Points of Light awards, go to
Analyze the purposes and strategies for your http://www.pointsoflight.org/dpol/dpolhome.cfm.
company’ volunteer program. Learn proven
strategies to help manage corporate volunteering and philanthropy during organizational change.
Examine methods used to measure the program’ added value to key company departments. Gain
tools for conducting program assessment and evaluation. Fee: $350 members, $430 non-members
February 2002 New York, NY
June 8, 2002 Salt Lake City, UT
Building Partnerships That Work: Nonprofit Organizations and Corporate Volunteers
Gain practical information that can be immediately applied to your company’ employee volunteer
program. Learn to develop partnerships from your organization’ strengths, build on the four steps
of success for your partnerships, and use five persuasive marketing techniques to build your
partnership agreement. Fee: $150 members, $190 non-members
This seminar is intended for Volunteer Center staff, corporate and government EVP managers, and
nonprofit volunteer program managers. This seminar is targeted for people who have responsibility
for external relations with other organizations. Pre-requisites: none.
June 8, 2002 Salt Lake City, UT
Space is limited. Call today for registration information.
For more information contact the Points of Light Foundation,
Training and Consulting Department
(202) 729-8149 or Training@PointsofLight.org
Shooting for Excellence in Corporate Community Service
With the nomination process underway, The Points of Light Foundation would like to invite you to
submit a nomination for the 2001 Awards for Excellence in Corporate Community Service.
Companies of all sizes and industries that contribute to their community through a company-
supported employee volunteer program are eligible for nomination.
Submit Your Corporate Award Nomination Form
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:
Postmarked by October 8, 2001
Log onto http://www.pointsoflight.org/awards/awards.html to
download your form today!
Winners will be honored at an awards event in New York City in the spring of 2002. Honorees will also be
invited to participate in the Points of Light Foundation’ CEO Roundtable, an event in which CEOs and
corporate representatives engage in discussion focused on the benefits to business of employee volunteer
programs. Held in conjunction with the awards event, the Points of Light Foundation CEO Roundtable is
attended by media representatives, national nonprofit organization members, federal agency officials, and
representatives of local corporations and national business associations. Past roundtable topics have
included the alignment of employee volunteer programs with charitable contributions and the value of
employee volunteer programs to key company stakeholders.
For more information contact Toyja Somerville at email@example.com.
Corporate Volunteer Development Announcements
Welcome to Jennifer Kim, our new Communications and Products Manager!
Jennifer Kim joined Corporate Volunteer Development on August 20th and comes from PwC
Consulting as a strategy consultant. She also acted as the co-chairperson for PwC’ DC metro
Contributions and Community Involvement employee volunteer program – heading up community
service events and managing grant requests. In her new role, she is responsible for corporate
publications, technical assistance, and general communications. If you have any questions or
comments about this newsletter, the Corporate Volunteer Development department, or would like to
submit an entry for this publication, please contact Jennifer for more information (see details below).
As Corporate Volunteer Development (CVD) continues to grow, we want to share with you our
mission, goals, and staff. The Corporate Volunteer Development’ (formerly Corporate Affairs)
mission is to engage more corporations and employees more effectively in volunteer service to help
solve serious social problems. We are your primary resource for workplace-based volunteering. As
such, we help build knowledge and skills of corporations to effectively develop and manage
programs; we provide networking with Corporate Volunteer Councils and Volunteer Centers; and we
promote to business leaders and managers the value that corporate volunteering brings to
companies, employees and communities. We are here as your resource. Please find our contact
CORPORATE VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT STAFF
Name Position E-mail address Phone Number
Mimi Galligan Interim Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 729-8011
Sue Heiler Director email@example.com (202) 729-3229
Jennifer Kim Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 729-8008
Katie Davies Program Associate, CVC email@example.com (202) 729-8144
Sherri Administrative Assistance firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 729-8139
The Points of Light Foundation’ mission is to engage more people more effectively in volunteer service to
help solve serious social problems.
For more information about the Corporate Volunteer Development department, please contact
Jennifer Kim at email@example.com or at (202) 729-8008.
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