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On May 9th the Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities (CVC-TC) held their annual celebration to inspire and connect professionals involved in workplace volunteerism. This is the premier event in the Twin Cities, showcasing the way businesses engage with and serve our community. Keynote speaker, Damon Shoholm from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation facilitated a thought provoking conversation about what it means to help, fix and serve. In Rachel Naomi Remen's article, In the Service of Life she shares, "Over time, fixing and helping are draining, depleting. Over time we burn out... [read more]
Junior Achievement (JA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing today’s young people to succeed in an increasingly complex global economy. In 2019, JA is celebrating 100 years as a national organization Students learn about construction careers at JA BizTown’s Construction Center, sponsored by Mortenson. and 70 years in the Upper Midwest. JA teaches students in grades K-12 how to manage money, how to prepare for a career, and how to open and run a business. As a result, students are empowered to make a connection between what they learn... [read more]
The Twin Cities is routinely recognized as number one in rates of volunteering. We come together to help people in need, whether it’s monetary donations, gifts or our most precious commodity - time – every little bit matters. The Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities helps member companies, like Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, build strong volunteering programs. I am proud to be a Minnesotan, but I am even more proud to be part of a company that values volunteering and giving back to the community. In addition to average annual associate donations providing... [read more]
You know the old postal carrier saying, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night...” right? Well, that could definitely apply to the guests who made it out on Wednesday, November 28, to Cooper’s at West End for the 2018 CVC-TC Holiday Celebration! Members weren’t going to let a few snowflakes and congested roads stop them from making it to the year-end party. Although, I wish we had a snapshot of everyone’s face when they finally walked in that night! People sure looked excited to have made it, thirsty and hungry! While we know that a... [read more]
This October, CVC-TC members in conjunction with Minnesota Council on Foundations members met at Land O’Lakes to discuss and learn about the impact of nonprofit-corporate partnerships. The program examined how partnerships can incorporate a well-rounded approach to their partnerships from volunteering, grants, sponsorships, in-kind donations, and cause-marketing. To dig into the topic, Camille Cyprian of Minnesota Council on Foundations led a panel discussion featuring Jennifer Jones from Ameriprise Financial, Carolyn Link from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota... [read more]
This October, two CVC-TC member companies will be working together on a beloved annual tradition. Every year since 2011, the Minnesota Twins and the Toro Company have partnered to rebuild a Twin Cities youth baseball or softball field in just one day. This year’s field rebuild site will be West Minnehaha in St. Paul. Under the guidance of the Toro Sports Turf Managers and the Twins Grounds Crew, more than 60 Twins and Toro staff will tear up sod, level the playing surfaces of three different youth fields, rebuild pitching mounds, and more. This event encompasses... [read more]
As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, CVC-TC member company Boston Scientific understands the value of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and inspiring the next generation of future innovators that companies like ours will rely on for years to come. To help bring awareness to the increasing demand for STEM skills – and to celebrate our employees’ global outreach efforts – we recently kicked off our second annual STEMtember social media campaign. Using the hashtag #STEMtember, the campaign includes a... [read more]
  As part of the Aveda mission to care for the world, all Aveda employees receive time off to volunteer. Offering a special week of volunteer opportunities provides all employees easy ways to give back while also connecting with fellow colleagues cross-functionally. During a week in May, 89 Aveda employees in Minnesota completed eight different volunteer activities focused on habitat restoration, women’s empowerment, and youth leadership. The week garnered more than 300 hours of service which protected the environment through habitat restoration activities with Great... [read more]
  On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, CVC-TC members and guests gathered at Sociable Cider Werks for a chance to network and mingle over deliciously brewed cider. The two-hour event had no technical agenda – an intentional choice that allowed attendees to structure their own conversations and connections. A few networking questions lay spread across the tables, in case a quiet moment arose, however the prompts quickly seemed unnecessary as attendees enthusiastically chatted their way across the room. One may assume that the large wooden brewery serves as an ideal location... [read more]
  This June, Boston Scientific celebrated our first annual Week of Caring – a campaign to recognize and honor our employees and their efforts to Advance Possibilities in their local communities around the world. As many of us know, engaging our employees in communications campaigns can be hard, especially globally. Here are three ways we engaged our global audience during the Week of Caring: Tying our Caring Value back to our everyday work: During the week, we looked at how our employees act with integrity and compassion to support patients, customers, our... [read more]

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