National Volunteer Week in Action – Exelon Sets the Bar High

Exelon invited employees, friends and family to join them in hundreds National Volunteer Week projects this year.

Exelon volunteers on a park cleanup.

To celebrate National Volunteer Week this year, VolunteerMatch client Exelon has organized more than 150 community service project throughout their service areas.

Exelon has long been an energetic and impressive member of the VolunteerMatch ecosystem. They’re a multi-year recipient of the Employee Volunteer Program of the Year Award and the subject of a case study about getting an employee volunteer program off the ground.

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.

Keep it up, Exelon employees, we’re proud of you!

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How Employee Volunteering Took the Cake in 2011

How employee volunteering took the cake in 2011We’re lucky to be able to work with businesses like yours to promote employee engagement and impact. Here are some ways you helped us make 2011 the year of employee volunteering at VolunteerMatch:

New Clients

Over the course of 2011 dozens of new businesses joined the VolunteerMatch network of clients to take advantage of the VolunteerMatch Solutions employee volunteering tools and services. Welcome, everyone!

New Releases

With the release of our new and improved hours tracking tools, reporting employee hours became quicker, easier and more flexible. Additionally, employees can now set up their own hours tracking goals on their personal volunteering dashboard pages. We can’t wait to hear how the hours are stacking up!

We launched the Listing Wizard not just to aid nonprofits in posting great volunteer opportunities, but also facilitate skilled volunteering among your employees. Have you searched for opportunities based on your skill set?

You Made the Difference

This year 16% of visits to the VolunteerMatch network came through corporate channels – meaning one of your employees doing a search on your site. This is a great figure, especially since we know that corporate employees have a much higher rate of referral (actually signing up for a volunteer opportunity) than others. Stay tuned in 2012 for a more complete report of your impact.

Employee Volunteer Awards

In May we recognized the winners of the 2011 Corporate Volunteer Awards. This year’s winners, honored for their outstanding corporate volunteer engagement, were Discovery Communications, Hagerty Insurance, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Union Bank. Congratulations, and good luck in 2012!

VolunteerMatch Consulting

As a natural extension of the work we’ve been doing with corporations for over ten years, we’ve introduced a new service to help socially-minded companies looking to start or grow a volunteer program: VolunteerMatch Consulting Services.

Volunteering IS CSR

In order to promote volunteering as a critical piece of corporate social responsibility, we launched this blog in 2010. In 2011 there were over 32,000 views of our articles from people in all 50 states and 130 countries, making Volunteering is CSR one of the leading blogs on the Internet about volunteer engagement at companies.

Client Summit Blows Through Chicago

This year’s Client Summit took place in Chicago in May. Sponsored by Exelon, Allstate and Choice Hotels, the Summit brought together over 100 corporate clients, industry thought-leaders, and VolunteerMatch team members in celebration of employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. The excitement that infused the dynamic program showed how ripe corporate America is for our brand of CSR. (Click here for advance info about the 2012 Client Summit.)

What were some employee volunteering headlines from your year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Getting an Employee Volunteer Program Off the Ground: A VolunteerMatch Client Case Study of Exelon Corporation

We are excited to announce a series of new case studies from the VolunteerMatch corporate client community. The first in this new series explores the employee volunteer program at Exelon Corporation, a VolunteerMatch corporate client. The study illustrates how a formal volunteer program can help strengthen employee morale, measure community impact and improve brand identity.

This case study, Getting An Employee Volunteer Program Off The Ground, provides a scalable example of how a company can invest in its corporate employee volunteer program in order to strengthen key areas of employee engagement and company reputation.

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Client Summit Insights: Justmeans Video Interview with Exelon’s Meg Amato

We invited reporters from Justmeans.com to this year’s Client Summit in Chicago, where they captured interviews with administrators from many of the nation’s most effective corporate volunteer engagement programs.

In this interview with Jason Shaw from Justmeans, Meg Amato, Corporate Citizenship Manager at Exelon Corporation, discusses employee volunteering at her company.

One of the nation’s largest electric companies with more than $18 billion in annual revenues, Exelon is also a three-time winner of VolunteerMatch’s Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year. Amato is Corporate Citizenship Manager at the company, and here she talks about Exelon’s support for the Summit, a few of its recent initiatives, and the success this year in Exelon’s signature National Volunteer Program, which inspired participation from more than 1,500 employees.

In the video Amato also describes a few trends she is seeing in her work, like the need to engage the core competencies of Exelon employees in nonprofit needs, and the exciting trend of collaboration among nonprofits in pooling resources to leverage corporate volunteering in a collaborative spirit.

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

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A Special Thank You for National Volunteer Week 2011

Once a year nonprofits, volunteer coordinators and corporate engagement administrators join together to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication that volunteers give through service. It’s National Volunteer Week, taking place now through April 16. NVW is one of the biggest times of the year for the volunteering sector, when the media gives volunteering the attention it deserves and together we inspire everyone to get out and give back.

To readers, we want to extend a special thank you for your contribution to employee volunteering and the impact it makes in our communities. Without your program management, hours tracking, and event planning, our network of over 77,000 nonprofits wouldn’t be nearly as effective.

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Save the Date: 2011 VolunteerMatch Client Summit, 5/12 & 5/13

Mark your calendars and start getting ready for this year’s VolunteerMatch Client Summit! The 2011 event, our tenth anniversary summit, will take place in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. This year we’re excited to be able to host the summit at The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the Windy City’s most recognized institutions.

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2010 Client Summit Recap – The Glitz, Glamour and Volunteering

The 2010 VolunteerMatch Client Summit, sponsored by MGM MIRAGE, wrapped up just a few hours ago! For the 90 guests who came out to the Luxor Hotel & Casino to network, learn and share ideas about corporate volunteer engagement, this year’s event — “Bet On Volunteering!” — stirred with excitement about the future of corporate volunteering and its place in the larger Social Responsibility landscape.

The Summit didn’t waste any time. Guests arriving early mingled with VolunteerMatch team members on Wednesday night at the House of Blues, in Mandalay Bay. We also had fun on Summit day starting with a “Morning of Service,” a virtual volunteer opportunity that involved all of us making and decorating thank you and birthday cards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada.

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