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Thank you to the 16 Corporate Members and 8 Associate Members who completed our first “Pulse” survey. We will be sharing results as we all continue to navigate through the fall. If you have ideas for survey questions for either corporate or associate members please submit them to bshimshock@fmsc.org. Corporate Results What type of volunteer opportunities is your company currently offering: 56% in person 56% contact less 88% virtual How many volunteers is your company looking to place per opportunity: 50% 15+ 12% 10-15 31% under 10 Is your company encouraging volunteerism outside of... [read more]
The General Mills Day of Courageous Action took place Friday, June 12, as a day to make a positive change in the community and further Allyship journeys in light of the recent events. All General Mills employees were encouraged to take part in a way that is meaningful to them, whether it be volunteering in their community, donating to a nonprofit or having courageous conversations with their friends and family. In partnership with HandsOn Twin Cities, more than 300 employees at our World Headquarters, including Chairman and CEO Jeff Harmening, came together to provide donations and assemble... [read more]
Employee ingenuity, a few 3D printers, and a simple piece of plastic are making a big difference in keeping Xcel Energy employees and frontline health care workers safe and comfortable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Wearing surgical masks all day can cause discomfort around the ears so three nuclear employees wanted to find a way to make this discomfort go away. They found a solution with a simple plastic extender that’s made with a 3D printer. This small piece of plastic connects to a mask’s elastic bands and the ear discomfort is completely gone. Using one company 3D printer, and... [read more]
by Amy Podlesak   It’s no secret… a LOT has changed over the last three months as the coronavirus pandemic suddenly shut down “normal” daily life. As we all shift priorities, adapt to new routines, and navigate the challenges we face, one thing has remained constant—our desire to help our community. As Minnesotans, we are proud of the philanthropic, community-centric values that we embody locally. This continues to shine through as our colleagues and neighbors band together to lift one another up during a difficult time.  Our CVC-TC members bring this passion to life everyday... [read more]
CVC-TC profiles member Lindsey Kaufmann, Cargill Community Engagement Specialist    How many years have you been at your current company? 7 years    How many years have you been in your role? 4 years    Describe your role at your company and how your work contributes to the success of the company?  I connect employees and retirees with opportunities to engage with our nonprofit partner organizations through community support and volunteerism. I also manage the Cargill Global Scholars Program, a two-year leadership and scholarship program for... [read more]
Second Harvest Heartland is piloting a new Food Rescue volunteer opportunity in Maplewood and spots still remain. Here are more details on the opportunity: Food Rescue Volunteers Needed You can help reduce waste & feed our hungry neighbors! Every day, Second Harvest Heartland’s Retail Food Rescue fleet and trained food shelf partners collect thousands of pounds of produce, dairy, deli, meat, bakery and grocery items from retail partners. This donated product is distributed to agency partners including food shelves, meal programs and shelters to feed our hungry neighbors. During this... [read more]
Please see below on how your fellow CVC nonprofit members are responding to COVID-19.  If you are looking for opportunities to give back, CVC nonprofit members have shared ways to engage below. Feel free to use this for your organization or share more broadly to support our members! The Arc Minnesota Arc’s Value Village Thrift stores are a crucial funding source toThe Arc Minnesota.  While our stores are temporarily closed please consider donating directly to The Arc Minnesota to help fund our mission of promoting and protecting the human rights of individuals with intellectual... [read more]
by Anna Bosak, Andersen Corporation This week, in partnership with Global Minnesota, CVC-TC hosted a webinar focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how they can help guide corporate strategy, including corporate social responsibility and volunteerism efforts. The 17 SDGs are the world's best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. These goals recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality, and job... [read more]
Image courtesy: CDC   In an effort to best support our community of nonprofit partners, HandsOn Twin Cities has set up a centralized hub where volunteers can easily connect to the most immediate and emergency volunteer and in-kind needs. Don’t forget  to also make a financial donation to your favorite nonprofits’ websites too – many have had to cancel major fundraisers and/or are serving unprecedented needs throughout this pandemic! Nonprofits: Click here for step by step instructions on how to link your existing or new... [read more]
Andersen was founded in 1903 on the philosophy of working “all together” to deliver on its promise to its customers. Every day, the company’s more than 10,000 employees are empowered to imagine what’s possible and do what’s right. Andersen delivers products for the way people live, unmatched performance for the comfort and security homeowners desire, and endless design options to achieve any style. Headquartered in Bayport, Minn., Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by... [read more]

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