Service events organized around a specific day, week or month are a great way for companies to showcase their commitments to service and activate employees to take part. In fact, a recent study from VolunteerMatch found that nearly three quarters of highly effective employee volunteer programs host a signature service event. But pulling off these large and focused events is not easy – it takes a mix of strategy, event planning, communication and enthusiasm to make them a success.
Join us for a session that will open your eyes to the possibilities of service events, and how to plan the perfect day, week or month of service at your organization.
David Levinson of Big Sunday, a nonprofit with a mission to build community through community service, to learn what it takes to start a day of service from scratch. Vicki Carayiannis of FedEx will share stories and inspiration for starting and continuing successful service events, drawing on her experience in organizing the company’s annual FedEx Cares Week.
About Our Guest Speakers:
David Levinson is the Founder and Executive Director of Big Sunday. At Big Sunday, the idea is that everyone has some way that they can help somebody else. Big Sunday started as a single day of community service, and now offers all kinds of volunteering and giving opportunities all year ‘round, for more than 50,000 people throughout California. In 2009 David was named Best Nonprofit Leader in California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, First Lady Maria Shriver, and CaliforniaVolunteers. His book, Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins; How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back and Make the World a Better Place was published by the Hudson Street Press in 2010.
Vicki V. Carayiannis, a 29-year employee at FedEx, is responsible for the development and implementation of a global volunteer strategy for FedEx.
A winner of two Five Star Awards, the company’s highest award for performance, Vicki has served in several different positions during her tenure including Government Affairs, Ground Operations, Human Resources, and Corporate Communications. Managing the United Way campaign for five years, FedEx increased their donations from $15 million to $16 million in one year. One of her most exciting and memorable experiences was serving as project manager for the building of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Vicki is involved in her community and serves on local boards including March of Dimes, Memphis Regional Food Bank, Volunteer Mid-South and FedExFamilyHouse. An event organizer at heart, Vicki has organized and chaired numerous events for the March of Dimes, First Works, Big Brother’s Big Sisters and founded her own 501(c)3 called Have a Heart to feed the homeless. Her charity work with March of Dimes put Memphis in the top three cities in the nation for fundraising with the Signature Chef’s event.