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. Service is renewing. When we serve, our work itself will sustain us...Only service heals."
The 2019 Game Changer Award was presented to Medica and their partnership with Hammer Residences over the last six years for their exceptional innovation and employee engagement. This award honors an employee-driven corporate initiative or program that promotes volunteerism, demonstrates innovation, and impacts company culture and strategy. Through this partnership, Medica volunteers assist caregivers to provide enriching activities and outings to the individuals with disabilities Hammer Residences serve in their Carlson residence, less than one mile from Medica’s headquarters. Medica volunteers provide the one on one support needed to do fun activities that would not otherwise be possible such as taking the group to the zoo, baking cookies, and going on picnics. Activities that fulfill Hammer Residence’s mission to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Over the years, Medica has become the largest corporate volunteer that has “adopted a house” for Hammer Residences and consistently returns. The dedication of a core group of Medica employees has rippled across the organization, growing the number of involved departments and increasing the ways Medica engages with and serves Hammer Residences. Honorable mention was given to Ecolab and Liberty Diversified International for their volunteer programs as well.
Dan Schibel, 2019 CVC-TC President shared "We are honored that Mayor Carter took time out of his day to be our surprise guest and acknowledge the positive impact that corporate volunteering has on our community. His message about everyone pitching in to make our region a better place underscores the importance of all of our members and how they work together for the greater good."
Learn more about the resources the Corporate Volunteerism Council – Twin Cities has to help strengthen your corporate volunteering programs, and grow our community of giving in Minnesota.