The Let’s Get Ready pro bono team from Morgan Stanley.
“I can honestly say it’s one of my greatest accomplishments in my career,” says Sri Reddy, who works in Bank Resource Management at Morgan Stanley. Sri isn’t referring to a promotion or a particularly successful project – she’s talking about her team’s 3rd place finish in this year’s Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge, the Firm’s signature pro bono volunteer initiative.
It’s tough to argue with a review like that! Sri and her fellow coworkers spent two months this summer addressing crucial strategic business and financial issues faced by a nonprofit in their community.
Of the five members of the pro bono team, none of them had a previous connection to Let’s Get Ready, a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides free SAT prep and college admissions counseling to low-income and first generation high school students. Two months later, they’re all committed to helping the cause and the organization beyond the scope of the Strategy Challenge, and are proud that their company encourages this kind of community involvement for impact.
As one member of the team summed up, ”There are few special things we do that are this cool.”
The cost of tuition is constantly rising and unfortunately many are unable to pursue a higher education. Tulsa Community College, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has created an innovative way to help students further their education through a volunteer program called “Tulsa Achieves”. Students in Tulsa County can have up to 63 units or three years tuition and fees paid for in exchange for 40 hours of volunteering per year. Through this program, students are able to receive a higher education and are inspired to make a significant contribution to their community.
Students joining “Tulsa Achieves” are not only granted access to a college education, but also take part in an agreement between the student, college and community. The school takes the student’s commitment to the program seriously and will hold the student responsible for their volunteer hours, teaching them to be accountable for their actions as well as giving back to their community.
Currently, Tulsa has over 2,870 students participating in the “Tulsa Achieves” program. Since the program’s inception, participants have racked up about 146,540 hours which based on the average cost of tuition and fees, is equivalent to $9,645,996 covered by the program, and it continues to grow.
The school has teamed up with VolunteerMatch to provide a site for students to find opportunities and track their hours in one place. Students can track hours and access volunteering opportunities through a customized VolunteerMatch site specifically for the “Tulsa Achieves” program. The causes the school encourages students to get involved in center around education, social services and hospitals. Tulsa County volunteering opportunities are automatically filtered into “Tulsa Achieves” for students to pick and choose how they will volunteer their 40 hours.
Tulsa Community College has placed great emphasis on teaching their students not only in the classroom but also how to be engaged members of their community. In 1971, Tulsa County residents voted to have part of their property tax go towards Tulsa Community College. The school created “Tulsa Achieves” in 2007 to give back to the community that has supported them by encouraging volunteering, while providing students greater access to a higher education.
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VolunteerMatch and ADT have worked together to lend a helping hand. On August 17, 2013 ADT launched their first annual day of service as part of their employee volunteer program ADT Always Cares.
Out of the 50 events ADT employees participated in, Florida employees volunteered at SOS Children’s Village near the ADT headquarters to help clean up homes and renovate the neighborhood landscape. Many other employees participated in other events from a beach clean up in Jacksonville, FL to delievering food in Knoxville, TN.
SOS is an organization that has created a foster care neighborhood where children can be a part of a stable family environment. Siblings that are often separated in the system are kept together in their neighborhood. SOS also offers many resources from tutoring to counseling to help these children succeed in life. ADT was able to help this organization by keeping their neighborhood looking great.
ADT used the VolunteerMatch tool to help rally their troops and provide them with numerous opportunities to get out there and do some good. Throughout the next 24 months ADT plans to have every one of their 16,500 employees engaged in volunteering.
Congratulations to ADT for their commitment to service and hard work!
Allstate engaged employees, agency owners, and their friends and families during the company’s Week of Service.
Allstate is not just a network of 70,000 professionals providing insurance products and services around the globe. The company closely unites its employees, agency owners, and their friends and families around the shared vision of bringing out the good in people’s lives. Never is this more apparent than during the company’s Week of Service.
The 2nd annual Allstate Week of Service took place June 10-15, 2013, when 3,700 employees, agency owners, family and friends poured out of offices across the country – and the world – to volunteer in their local communities.
Projects took place in more than 36 states, and for the first time Week of Service went international, with projects in Northern Ireland, Canada and India. Allstate tracked approximately 12,500 volunteer hours during the Week of Service, which translates to $276,750 in social value according to Independent Sector’s estimate of the value of volunteer time. That’s about $40,000 per day!
Allstate employees are the ones who find the volunteer projects in the community and load them into the Allstate VolunteerMatch site using the Opportunity Builder tool. “Employees enjoy having the freedom to pick and choose what they’re passionate about,” said Paula Stang, who is in Corporate Relations at Allstate.
Furthermore, in 2012 Exelon employee volunteers donated 105,000 hours of their time to the community, which is the equivalent of over 2,600 work weeks – or almost 50 years of full-time service. That’s something to be proud of!
It seems Exelon is determined to keep that momentum going by running a stellar National Volunteer Week program this year, using their VolunteerMatch site as a hub. Even better, they have invited friends and family of employees to join them in giving back.
Projects cover three primary focus areas: Education, Environment and Diversity & Inclusion, and range from renewing green spaces, feeding the hungry, and mentoring students to facility improvements at various nonprofit organizations.
So far, over two thousand volunteers have participated in over 150 Exelon-sponsored and employee-led projects. If you’re interested in getting involved, check out their National Volunteer Week event page.
Actions speak louder than words. A company that not only talks about ethical best practices, but implements them through programs and initiatives should be honored. In recognition of this, Ethisphere Institute has listed the 2013 World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies. Dig beneath the surface and discover which companies around the world are turning words into action.
How Are Companies Measured? Ethisphere Institute is a research-based international think-tank that provides workshops, reports, certification, and data relating to ethical business standards, anti-corruption, and sustainability. In their annual list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, they determine how well a company exhibits ethical characteristics on every level – both internally and with the community. In order to be considered for the list, companies must have exceptional ethical business practices, which includes involvement in corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. In addition, each company featured on the list should embody Ethisphere’s ethos, “Good. Smart. Business. Profit.” The Institute’s acceptance process methodology includes extensive data analysis and research.
We take pride in offering CSR solutions to companies that take social responsibility and community involvement as seriously as we do. Many of these companies hold tremendous power on the world stage, and it’s inspiring to know that they care about making a positive difference. Through employee solutions, consulting, and cause solutions, VolunteerMatch has helped these companies reach their CSR goals.
Many congratulations to our clients that were honored among the World’s Most Ethical Companies! Having worked closely with these companies, it’s no surprise to us that they were chosen.
Consider following in the footsteps of these leading companies. Learn more about the VolunteerMatch platform for employee, consumer or campus volunteer engagement.
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) has announced the top ten finalists for its 2013 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival. More than 90,000 people voted in for entries from 74 different companies this year, making this year record-breaking for the five-year old competition.
All of the finalists do a great job of using video to tell their corporate citizenship stories to internal and external audiences. However, we think there’s just something extra-special about four of the videos, who happen to be from our clients. Check out the videos from Amway, AT&T, Humana Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company: