2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards: A Look at Finalist Hagerty

On September 19, 2014, winners of the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards will be announced at our annual VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit, Mich. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to people and ideas behind the ten most effective employee volunteer programs in our family of corporate clients, determined by performance against four benchmark measures in 2013.

What makes your employee volunteer program special?

Hagerty’s Claims department conducted mock interviews for teens at the Disability Network of Northern Michigan’s LIFE Job Summit.

Hagerty’s Claims department conducted mock interviews for teens at the Disability Network of Northern Michigan’s LIFE Job Summit.

Hagerty’s volunteer program is named Hagerty CARes. Hagerty CARes provides 16 hours of paid volunteer time each year to each full-time employee to volunteer for any nonprofit, school or church-affiliated community service program.

The program is an extension of what folks at Hagerty call the H-Factor. The H-Factor ideals are what make Hagerty unique as a company, in turn, making the Hagerty CARes program unique as a reflection of the company’s culture and each employee’s pursuit of excellence, innovation and authenticity.

 

 

Additionally, Hagerty provides company-supported volunteerism through two programs: wellness and an annual nonprofit partnership:

Hagerty employees led an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team.

Hagerty employees led an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team.

1.   To promote health and wellness, Hagerty provides company-sponsored opportunities for employees to volunteer for or participate in charitable races. Through this partnership with Hagerty’s employee gym, Ironworks, Hagerty CARes doubles the impact of the program: by improving employees’ health and serving their communities. Employees who participate in three or more charitable races per year will earn a reward from the Hagerty corporate recognition program.

2.   Hagerty’s 2014 annual nonprofit partnership with Father Fred began with a “Drive for Charity” in December 2013. Employees were challenged to log 2,500 Hagerty CARes hours through participation in ten charitable in-kind donation drives, personal volunteerism or by logging any 2013 volunteer hours in December. When the 2,500 hour goal was met, the designated organization received a matching gift of $25,000. In the new year, Hagerty CARes created a year-long strategic partnership plan with staff from the organization. This plan, divided into quarterly activities, encompasses all areas of the Hagerty CARes program: drives for in-kind donations, volunteerism and pro-bono service customized for the needs of the organization.

What are some key accomplishments from 2013 you’re especially proud of?

Here’s just a small taste of some of Hagerty’s impressive accomplishments in 2013:

  • Hagerty employees and their families participated in the 5th Annual Traverse City Zombie Run to raise funds for TART Trails.

    Hagerty employees and their families participated in the 5th Annual Traverse City Zombie Run to raise funds for TART Trails.

    In 2013, Hagerty reached its highest volunteer hour total in history: 5,929 hours!

  • To help meet the “Drive for Charity” goal, a food drive for Father Fred Foundation, the 2014 partner organization, was held at our holiday party. Hagerty’s CEO agreed to greet party-goers in costume while in a fabricated jail cell. Employees were asked to bring non-perishable food items to provide bail to “Free the Jailbird.” This was promoted with our CEO’s mugshot across campus on our corporate digital displays, intranet and daily email publication. In response to the CEO’s plea to “Free the Jailbird”, Hagerty employees donated enough non-perishables to feed 30 families for two and ½ days.
  • Hagerty CARes launched an enhanced partnership with our regional Chamber of Commerce to provide entrepreneurial pro-bono services worth $6,000 to the winner of the Hagerty Small Business Award. An additional 1:1 match up to $5,000 is given to the winner’s CSR efforts. If the winner doesn’t have a CSR program, Hagerty will help them to create one. The award is given by a selection committee to one of 10 finalists chosen from among hundreds of nominees.
  • Our inaugural charitable race event was the October 2013 Traverse City Zombie Run to benefit our regional trails organization. Nearly 70 employees participated in the event while competing internally for prizes. The winning team was provided with cider and doughnuts the week following the race.
  • A representative from each of our international offices in Canada and the UK are now part of our Hagerty CSR Committee. (They are currently working with UK and Canadian employees to utilize VolunteerMatch Global.)

How do you get employees excited and involved in volunteering?

McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, asks guests to “Free the Jailbird” with food donations to the Father Fred Foundation food pantry at the Hagerty Holiday Party.

McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, asks guests to “Free the Jailbird” with food donations to the Father Fred Foundation food pantry at the Hagerty Holiday Party.

The annual nonprofit partnership with Father Fred Foundation engages employees by offering different avenues to become involved. For example: An ongoing collection drive for Q2-Q4 2014 will supply clothing, small household items and non-perishable food for the organization; the Marketing department is scheduling a volunteer opportunity in lieu of a monthly meeting in Q3; and the Corporate Communications team designed new signage for the Father Fred store to serve English and Spanish speaking clients.

Hagerty utilizes all of its internal communication tools to spread the word about Hagerty CARes, including:

 

  • Daily email communication
  • Intranet blog and site
  • Monthly online magazine featuring regular updates on Hagerty CARes
  • Corporate digital displays promoting the latest volunteer opportunity, the annual nonprofit partnership and the joint health and wellness programming
  • Hagerty CARes & Ironworks workout gear, t-shirts and sweatshirts for purchase in the online employee store
  • Branded Hagerty CARes collection bins with the program logo, providing employees with an instantly recognizable means to provide an in-kind donation in the most trafficked areas like the lunchroom. The advertising benefit of the bins provides a reminder to employees to participate in a drive.
  • New employee training on Hagerty CARes

Kudos to Hagerty for being a leader in employee engagement and inspiring social impact!

Stay tuned for more finalist profiles in the coming weeks, and announcement of the winners on September, 2014 during the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.

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Congratulations, UnitedHealth Group! An Honor Well-Earned.

Since 2006, UnitedHealth Group and VolunteerMatch have been working together to motivate and engage employees to give back to their community. We’ve seen the company evolve and grow into one of the strongest, most innovative CSR programs out there.

Which is why we weren’t surprised when Points of Light acknowledged their hard work by presenting them with the 2014 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence. The award recognizes UnitedHealth Group for their amazing employee volunteer program, INVOLVE. With a core CSR mission to help build healthier communities, the program involves over 156,000 employees.

Points of Light commented that, “The annual Award recognizes companies that apply their resources, expertise and insights to activities that benefit society, and create a culture that inspires and equips employees to volunteer.”

UnitedHealth Group isn’t just encouraging its own workforce, the company also actively seeks new and innovative ways to change the space.

Last year, UnitedHealth Group released their “Doing Good is Good for You” study, a close look at the link between health and volunteering. They found that the effects of volunteering helped lower stress levels and increased happiness, proving that giving back is good for your mental, physical and emotional state!

We also see UnitedHealth Group investing in groundbreaking volunteering products, such as sponsoring VolunteerMatch’s MobileMatch, released in early 2014. With their support, VolunteerMatch was able to release a tool that allows volunteers to search & sign up for volunteer opportunities, and track volunteer hours, on the go!

As the Client Relations Manager for UnitedHealth Group, I can personally speak to the level of commitment and passion this team has. They are constantly striving to improve not only their own program, but the Corporate Social Responsibility sector as a whole.

I speak for the whole VolunteerMatch family when I say we are honored to partner with UnitedHealth Group, and look forward to even greater success in the future!

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Meet John C. Havens, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

JohnName: John C. Havens

Title: Founder

Organization: The H(app)athon Project

About the Session

Wearable and emerging technologies are transforming the workplace, allowing employees to gauge everything from their heart rates, stress levels, and even emotions while on the job. Utilizing these tools can provide leadership with brand new ways of encouraging emotional intelligence, empathy, and purpose-based roles for employees.

Learn how to take a measure of employee well-being, to increase their happiness and your company’s mission.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

In the past two years or so, my work has been largely focused on measuring happiness or well-being based on actions that bring you purpose. This work has transformed my life, since I’m forced to consider how my daily actions can increase my sense of purpose/wellbeing, which is also directly tied to other people via values like altruism. It’s been a challenge, because while I don’t feel I have to always be in a good mood, I certainly can’t be a jerk to people. That wouldn’t be good branding for “that happiness guy.”

About John C. Havens:

John C. Havens is Founder and Executive Director for The H(app)athon Project, a nonprofit foundation, “Connecting Happiness to Action” via the use of Values-Tracking surveys, interactive workshops, and quantified self technology. He is also the author of Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World (Tarcher/Penguin) which has been featured on NPR and C-SPAN.

John has delivered workshops and keynotes around the world in support of leveraging technology to increase wellbeing. His work on happiness and technology has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Mashable, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Slate, NPR, and BBC News. A former EVP for a top ten global PR firm, his former clients include Gillette, HP, Merck, and Monster and he has also provided advising and consulting services for numerous technology companies like BlogTalkRadio, Vision Critical, Datacoup, Rypple (now Work.com, acquired by Salesforce), and Geo-Papyrus, an Augmented Reality company.

Connect with John C. Havens on Twitter.

Learn more about John C. Havens and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards: A Look at Finalist Humana

On September 19, 2014, winners of the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards will be announced at our annual VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit, Mich. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to people and ideas behind the ten most effective employee volunteer programs in our family of corporate clients, determined by performance against four benchmark measures in 2013.

What makes your employee volunteer program special?

Humana volunteers and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer take a quick break from playground landscaping at the Keystone Learning Academy.

Humana volunteers and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer take a quick break from playground landscaping at the Keystone Learning Academy.

Humana encourages employee volunteerism connected to promoting health and well-being in communities where Humana has a presence, however, all cause areas of interest to associates are recognized. Associates at Humana enjoy volunteering on their own, as well as with each other – in work teams, departments or company-wide initiatives.

Humana places a large emphasis on Days of Service, including Make a Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. Humana also regularly recognizes associate volunteerism through several grants, including Dollars 4 Doers, Volunteer of the Year, and awards the “Spirit of Philanthropy,” a distinction given to a group or department of associates who display exceptional commitment to the community through volunteerism.

What are some key accomplishments from 2013 you’re especially proud of?

In 2013 Humana implemented the Humana’s Volunteer Fellowship, a unique program that sent a team of five Humana associates to work at a nonprofit full-time for four weeks on a special project designed to create transformational change for the organization and the community.

The Humana Fellows assisted the Volunteer Center of Brown County in Green Bay, by formalizing their Neighbors Helping Neighbors program to a year-round initiative. Neighbors Helping Neighbors sends volunteers to help seniors and people with disabilities with routine home upkeep. The Humana team created a guidelines and procedures handbook, developed a marketing and outreach plan, established a database to track volunteers, and set up an evaluation plan to measure success.

The number of hours volunteered by Humana associates increased from 131,137 hours in 2012 to 164,434 hours in 2013; the number of volunteers increased from 4,521 in 2012 to 4,917 in 2013.

How do you get employees excited and involved in volunteering?

Humana volunteers unite for their 'before' picture this spring before helping Louisville's Keystone Learning Academy beautify its facility.

Humana volunteers unite for their ‘before’ picture this spring before helping Louisville’s Keystone Learning Academy beautify its facility.

One benefit offered to Humana associates is the WOW! Working on Well-being® Account, which recognizes associates’ efforts in enhancing their overall health and well-being. The WOW! Account rewards participation in activities and engagement with resources that support associates’ sense of purpose, belonging and security.

By taking part in certain activities associates can earn up to $150 to spend on items and services that broadly support associates and their family’s well-being. One of the activities for which associates earn WOW! dollars is logging volunteer hours on the Humana Volunteer Network website. Associates can earn $5/month for logging an individual volunteer event and up to twice each year, associates may earn $10/month for engaging in a group volunteer event.

Kudos to Humana for being a leader in employee engagement and inspiring social impact!

Stay tuned for more finalist profiles in the coming weeks, and announcement of the winners on September, 2014 during the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.

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2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards: A Look at Finalist 1st Source Bank

On September 19, 2014, winners of the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards will be announced at our annual VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit, Mich. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to people and ideas behind the ten most effective employee volunteer programs in our family of corporate clients, determined by performance against four benchmark measures in 2013.

What makes your employee volunteer program special?

A team of 1st Source employees volunteer with Rebuilding Together to improve the home of a low-income resident in South Bend.

A team of 1st Source employees volunteer with Rebuilding Together to improve the home of a low-income resident in South Bend.

1st Source Bank, based in South Bend, IN, is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the northern Indiana-southwestern Michigan area. This past year, 1st Source celebrated 150 years of service to its clients and the community. Being volunteer leaders in the community has been one of the company’s principal values since its founding, and it holds true today.

Key focus areas of the program include education, affordable housing, and financial literacy. Employees regularly assist with building Habitat for Humanity homes, repairing homes through Rebuilding Together, and mentoring local students.

What are some key accomplishments from 2013 you’re especially proud of?

This year, 1st Source partnered with Junior Achievement again to bring “JA in a Day” to a local elementary school. Thirty-one bank employees volunteered their time to teach financial literacy to 325 K-4 grade school students. The day was a valuable learning experience for bank employees and students alike!

1st Source employees join together for Junior Achievement’s “JA in a Day” at Warren Primary Center. Thirty-one bank employees taught financial literacy to 325 K-4 grade school students.

1st Source employees join together for Junior Achievement’s “JA in a Day” at Warren Primary Center. Thirty-one bank employees taught financial literacy to 325 K-4 grade school students.

Another key project this year was the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Super Saturday, in which 1st Source volunteers joined with the United Way to prepare and e-file income taxes free of charge for lower income individuals. 1st Source volunteers also raised funds for worthwhile organizations by forming countless walk teams and even “spinning” in support of mammogram funding.

1st Source employees volunteered almost 27,000 hours in 2013, an increase of more than 2,000 hours from the year prior. More than 45% of the company’s employees were active volunteers, and averaged 52 hours of volunteer activity per employee for the year. Based on an estimated $22 per hour value of volunteer time, 1st Source employees contributed almost $600,000 of volunteer services in their communities.

How do you get employees excited and involved in volunteering?

1st Source employees volunteering at La Casa’s Help-A-House. The 1st Source team helped replaced a roof and more for an elderly homeowner in need.

1st Source employees volunteering at La Casa’s Help-A-House. The 1st Source team helped replaced a roof and more for an elderly homeowner in need.

1st Source encourages its employees to use VolunteerMatch to communicate volunteer opportunities, and internal messages to direct employees to the VolunteerMatch system.

The company communicates bank-wide each quarter the volunteer hours for business units and regions. This creates some competition in the bank and is a reminder to use VolunteerMatch.

Kudos to 1st Source Bank for being a leader in employee engagement and inspiring social impact!

Stay tuned for more finalist profiles in the coming weeks, and announcement of the winners on September, 2014 during the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.

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People Make the Difference: Explore a Year of Impact

Everyone should have the chance to make a difference – wouldn’t you agree?

That’s why VolunteerMatch makes it easier for people to connect with the causes they care about.

Explore the 2013 VolunteerMatch Annual Impact Report

To take a look at how far we have come, it is a pleasure to share with you VolunteerMatch’s Annual Impact Report – a graphic look at people and causes, like you and your employees, who are making a difference.

Last year was an important time for us: we re-launched www.VolunteerMatch.org with a one-of-a-kind recommendations engine, overhauled our workplace group management services, ventured onto your mobile phone, and pushed our entire technical infrastructure into the cloud.

And it worked. The improvements helped us power almost a billion dollars’ worth of volunteer service in 2013. And together, we can do even more.

Don’t worry, we’ll dive into each of the sections of this awesome infographic in detail, but for now, enjoy exploring the impact we made together last year – and join in as we create impact in 2014 that exceeds all expectations.

Click here to explore the 2013 VolunteerMatch Annual Impact Report!

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Meeting the Challenges of Global Employee Volunteerism

Meeting the Challenges of Global Employee VolunteerismThe trend toward taking employee volunteer programs global has been growing for years. And as we announced in April, VolunteerMatch is going global as well, piloting its employee engagement solutions outside the U.S. for the first time. The initiative will begin in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and we are evaluating additional countries and regions.

As part of VolunteerMatch’s commitment to serve our clients with overseas locations, we were pleased to sponsor LBG Associates’ research on global employee engagement. For the report, “Global Employee Engagement: Challenges and Solutions,” LBG Associates interviewed 36 multinational corporations about the issues they encountered taking their programs overseas and the solutions that have worked for them.

LBG Associates determined that the three biggest challenges global companies face are:

  • Managing a global employee engagement program
  • Vetting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) outside the home country
  • Paying small, employee-directed grants

The report also identified challenges and solutions that are unique to specific employee engagement programs, such as volunteerism, workplace giving, Matching Gifts and Dollar for Doers programs.

With respect to volunteerism, one of the many challenges highlighted was the difficulty companies have finding appropriate NGOs to provide volunteer opportunities for employees. Although local employees can provide insight into different potential partners, the company still has to vet an NGO to make sure it is what it claims to be.

A potential solution, according to the report, is to use third parties like VolunteerMatch to source volunteer projects. To quote the report, “Third parties can be extremely useful, as they likely know the community, the issues and the nonprofits better than the company. They aren’t driven by personal passions, family relationships, political leanings or other factors that can skew employee-sourced volunteer projects.”

Another important point from the research is that companies have to make sure that NGOs are actually ready to host volunteers. In some countries, nonprofits are unfamiliar with the concept of employee volunteers and don’t understand what volunteers can do for them. The report has a handy checklist to assess NGO readiness.

The highlights of the report will be presented at a webinar on July 16, 2014 at 1 PM Eastern.

You can register for the webinar or get the full report at www.lbg-associates.com or by calling LBG Associates at 203-325-3154.

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