The season for action

Nov 25, 2009

This holiday week kicks off an uptick in volunteering that lasts through Christmas. It is amazing how the holidays trigger generosity in people, not only for their families but for those in need.

We've learned to be ready to respond to requests from departments and employees looking for some way to connect. There is a lot of willingness, but people often don't know what to do.

Over the years, we have created a "menu" of volunteer and giving opportunities in our local community. I'm attaching it not as a recruitment for the blog readers, but to stimulate your ideas on the kinds of projects that might be happening in your local community.

Please share what kinds of things YOU are doing. Amway employees participate in …

 

Campau Park Santa’s Secret Workshop
Witness the joy of giving by helping hundreds of smiling students at Campau Park Elementary shop and wrap gifts for their families. Join staff, students and fellow employees for this rewarding holiday experience.

Kids Food Basket
Help provide take home meals to hungry school children in the Greater Grand Rapids Area by volunteering to package meals and deliver them to local schools for the holiday break.

Salvation Army Christmas Toy Giveaway
Be one of Santa’s helpers at the Salvation Army Toy Shop. Volunteers sort toys, arrange the store and participate in a massive toy giveaway. Individuals are also needed to distribute food certificates to those who have signed up to receive holiday assistance.

Southeast Academic Center Santa’s Secret Workshop
Witness the joy of giving by helping 100+ smiling students at Southeast Academic Center shop and wrap gifts for their families. Join staff, students and fellow employees for this rewarding holiday experience.

St. John’s Home
Make the season a little bit brighter for homes of 8-10 children from St. John’s. Each home provides residential therapy and shelter for children and teens.

Special Olympics
Support Special Olympics during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season by volunteering to help with gift wrapping at Breton Village Shopping Center.

United Way Adopt-A-Family
Many departments find the best way to infuse a little holiday spirit into the office is by adopting a family in need. Agencies will match departments with a family that has a list of needs for food, clothing and personal items. See first hand what a big difference a little generosity can make – especially when your whole team works together.

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