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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Meet Alex Price, 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.

Alex Price from ADT will be speaking at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client SummitName: Alex Price

Title: Community Relations Manager

Organization: The ADT Corporation

The Session: “Lessons from the Field: Launching a Company-Wide EVP”

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

I’m always in pursuit of cause areas to focus on that match a personal passion. In my (very limited) time outside of work, I’ve recently poured myself into a focus area: my home state of Florida. This summer I’m assuming a new role on the board of Connect Florida, an organization that educates, engages and inspires my state’s top emerging leaders to make Florida a better place. I’ll be spending the next few years working on things like Everglades restoration, public school improvement, veterans issues, and other areas of need in the Sunshine State.

About Alex Price:

Alex leads Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility for ADT Corporation. Over the past 2 years, Alex has helped build the corporate citizenship function at ADT and recently launched ADT Always Cares, their nation-wide community service program promoting volunteerism for their 16,000 employees. Prior to his current role, Alex managed media relations for ADT’s commercial business unit.

Alex began his career in New York City at BBDO, one of the world’s most prestigious ad agencies. Alex then transitioned into a role in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, and for three years served as Manager of Communications for the NYC Department of Education, focused on promoting education reform.

In 2006, Alex launched a nonprofit organization nycTIES (a 501(c)3) to engage young professionals in critical local causes and promote life-long volunteerism and board service. It’s now one of the city’s strongest service organizations. He served as President for its first 4 years and now advises the organization as a director on its board.

Connect with Alex Price on Twitter.

Learn more about Alex Price 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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Announcing the Year’s Best in Corporate Volunteer Engagement!

Announcing the top ten finalists of the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer AwardsIt’s that special time of year, when the VolunteerMatch team has the privilege of recognizing the best of the best in corporate employee volunteer engagement. Today we announced the top ten finalists in the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards, identified from our community of 150 corporate clients.

The winners of the Awards will be announced during the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit on September 19, 2014 in Detroit, Mich. From banking and finance, to airlines, real estate and energy, these finalists truly represent the cream of the crop in committed action in corporate community involvement.

In the coming weeks we’ll be profiling all ten finalists right here on Volunteering is CSR. This is a golden opportunity to get an insider view of employee volunteer programs who do it right, consistently, over the long haul.

For now, though, here are this year’s ten finalists for the 2014 VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards:

Employee Volunteer Program of the Year (Large Size Business)

Awarded to a client with outstanding performance in corporate volunteer engagement, determined by performance against four benchmark measures in 2013. The 2014 nominees for this award are:

Humana
JetBlue
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Morgan Stanley
Philips

Employee Volunteer Program of the Year (Small-Medium Size Business)

Awarded to a client with a program for less than 10,000 employees who had outstanding performance in corporate volunteer engagement, determined by performance against four benchmarks in 2013. The 2014 nominees for this award are:

1st Source Bank
Hagerty
NV Energy
Old National Bank
The Standard

We’ll also be presenting awards for ‘Breakout Performance’ and ‘Champion of the Year,’ so stay tuned!

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists – you and your employees are an inspiration for the rest of us!

Generous supporters of the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit include General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

Learn more about the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here.

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City of CSR: Announcing the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in Detroit

The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held in Detroit, sponsored by GM.We are thrilled to announce that the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will be held on September 18-19, 2014, and will be hosted by General Motors at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit.

Similar to previous years, this two-day, invitation-only event will showcase ideas and best practices in corporate volunteering, employee engagement and community impact. In attendance at the event will be practitioners and experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), including representatives from the VolunteerMatch family of corporate clients. Session topics will range from inspiring employee giving and measurement of volunteer programs to effective corporate-nonprofit partnerships.

In our minds, Detroit is the perfect place to host our Client Summit this year. We will be able to showcase the variety of programs underway to build resiliency and opportunity in metro Detroit. A point of focus will be United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s high school turnaround initiative that aims to help 90% of students in the Detroit area complete high school prepared for postsecondary study and entry into the workforce by 2018. Through significant financial support, employee volunteerism and other unique programs, both GM and the GM Foundation are playing a large role in this initiative.

“We are looking forward to hosting this important summit that will bring together the brightest minds and the best ideas in volunteerism and corporate philanthropy,” said Sabin Blake, GM’s manager of Cadillac Marketing who also runs the “teamGM Cares” employee volunteer program.  “We are dedicated to showcasing the best of GM and Detroit to summit participants, and we are certain they will be inspired by all they encounter.”

To see highlights of the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit click here: http://solutions.volunteermatch.org/summit.

Stay tuned for more news next year about the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit!

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2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Insights: Preparing Your Community for an Emergency

At the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in New York City we welcomed a handful of experts and thought leaders in the fields of CSR and employee engagement to hold “Best Practice Café” sessions with our client attendees. Stay tuned as we share the major themes and knowledge shared during these discussions.
Does your company have a disaster preparedness and response plan? Three companies talk about best practices in a recap of a session from the 2013 VolunteerMatch Client Summit.Session
In Case of Emergency: Engaging the Community in Disaster Response

Speakers
Stacie Kronthal, Network for Good
James Rooney, Microsoft
Jim Starr, American Red Cross

Summary of Session

We covered three main topics regarding disaster response:

  • Overall Trends
  • American Red Cross Engaging the Community
  • Microsoft Corporate Citizenship
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