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by Sally Kolar   At the end of January, two of my colleagues and I had an opportunity to participate in a Peer Consulting Process through the Twin Cities Corporate Volunteer Council. Our company, RBC Wealth Management (RBC), was selected as the Feature Company.   I still remember when the e-mail from CVC arrived in my inbox announcing the opportunity to apply. RBC Wealth Management had just finished our fiscal year (RBC’s fiscal year-end is October 31) and we were beginning to lay out our goals and priorities for the year ahead. I felt like CVC had read my mind – we had a clear... [read more]
Resilience is the theme for CVC this year and we heard first-hand how we – as a corporate responsibility network – must lean into 2021 by recalibrating and reimagining our programs in order to make a sustainable impact in our communities moving forward and away from 2020. Tomme Beevas shared his personal and professional journey in supporting the Twin Cities community with food and with healing during COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd.   In the words of Tomme, “New world. New problems. This isn’t business as usual.” Check out Tomme’s... [read more]
By Samantha Lucas, Allina Health As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early, which is why each year we partner with Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN, a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to those in need. Thanks to the help of more than 650 volunteers, Allina Health’s 10th year of partnership with Free Bikes 4 Kidz MN was a resounding success. On Saturday, October 3 employees volunteered at 42 Allina Health locations to collect more than 7,000 bikes in four hours that... [read more]
In celebration of MLK Day, HandsOn Twin Cities hosted a virtual event in which we discussed ways volunteering can be an effective tool for creating an equitable community. The panel was be moderated by Seena Hodges, Founder and CEO of The Woke Coach. Panelists included Johnathan Palmer, Executive Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Laverne McCartney Knighton, Area Development Director for UNCF, and Nadege Souvenir, Senior Vice President of Operations & Learning for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation.  The topics included avoiding "voluntourism", the... [read more]
By Anna Bosak, Andersen Corporation Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, Andersen’s Research, Development and Innovation team added a new focus: designing, developing and manufacturing critical PPE (personal protective equipment) to support frontline workers’ efforts to fight the virus in our communities. This is one of many ways Andersen and its employees have stepped up to help the communities and individuals impacted by the global pandemic. Andersen has donated over 180,000 face shields to healthcare professionals and first responders working on the frontlines, as well as... [read more]
by Kelly Quicksell, Land O’Lakes 2020 has certainly been a different year than any of us expected, but Land O’Lakes employees still turned out to support the communities in which they live and work for our annual Land O’Lakes Giving Week. This year, Land O’Lakes revitalized our annual giving campaign to incorporate changes to both where employees could pledge donations and how the team raise funds in a fun and engaging (and safe) way. Land O’Lakes has focused on responsive philanthropy in 2020 and included matches for employee donations to different causes.... [read more]
Hey CVC Corporate Members! 2020 presented us with some pretty new and unique challenges for our volunteer programs. The year has forced us to rethink how we run our programs, who we partner with, what volunteerism looks like, and so much more. These challenges and dilemmas are top of mind for all, so let’s support and learn from one another as we head into 2021. We have a unique opportunity for 3-4 corporate members to bring a current challenge or dilemma they are facing to CVC members. In turn, our featured corporate members will receive free expert advice from your peers in the... [read more]
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Each year the community comes together to make the holidays brighter for families experiencing homelessness. Individuals and groups from across the Twin Cities metro donate hundreds of toys for families living at People Serving People’s emergency shelter in Minneapolis. Many groups donate year after year. A special thank you to US Bank, Xcel, the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Truckers Association, Connect To Care, Central Roofing, Cynthia Froid Group for their support. These community donations make it possible for shelter staff and volunteers to operate a toy shop, which provides gifts... [read more]
 HandsOn Twin Cities is Hiring! Consultant, Pro Bono Advisory Program (full-time, salaried, manager-level position) The Pro Bono Advisory Team is a newly developed department at HandsOn Twin Cities that is fast growing, nimble, and high-impact. The Pro Bono Advisory Program leverages private sector talent for social sector needs. We deliver accessible pro bono programming within the community, such as Impact Day events, matching subject matter experts with high-potential nonprofits. Additionally, we partner with corporate clients – from local startups to global Fortune 500... [read more]

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