During the Service Unites conference, Points of Light honored the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston as the 2018 Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year, recognizing their service as a primary local resource for encouraging, educating and connecting businesses that support employee volunteerism. The award recognizes corporate volunteer councils – local networks for businesses to share best practices and address community needs through workplace volunteering – that have a clear purpose, meaningful and educational activities, and measurements for success.
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston was presented the 2018 award by Points of Light board member Jeff Hoffman during the conference’s Civic 50 Gala. Tori Hay, vice president of philanthropy for BNY Mellon and the CVC steering committee chair, accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.
Since its founding 37 years ago, the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston has served as a resource network for corporate social responsibility professionals working in the city of Boston and beyond. Content-rich programs provide corporate members with opportunities to build up their skills and strengthen their network of peers. These opportunities are a strong mix of professional trainings – often led by notable CSR experts sharing new research – as well as informal activities, such as regional “Coffee Chats,” which allow members to connect with fellow CSR practitioners and exchange best practices.
Entirely volunteer-led by a leadership committee comprised of local professionals, the CVC of Greater Boston’s membership is 150 companies strong and represents a potential volunteer workforce in the thousands. Many major industries are represented, including communications, education, entertainment, financial services, health care, technology, insurance and utilities.
While membership is focused on companies large and small, when possible, the CVC of Greater Boston connects members to potential new community partners by highlighting the work of nonprofits throughout Massachusetts. By connecting members to the nonprofit community, they are continuously learning about critical issues facing the community – and the agencies that offer employee volunteer opportunities that can make a difference. This exposure has led to new partnerships and additional support for local community agencies.
This collaborative and inclusive group fully understands that the greatest benefit members can gain from is having the opportunity to learn together and share best practices from the work each member company is doing in the community. Therefore, their nominal dues are optional so that they do not deter any company from participating.
Finally, the CVC of Greater Boston is not content with the status quo. They regularly seek feedback from members regarding programming, and have also made an increased effort to learn from other “best in class” CVCs while exploring opportunities for joint programming. Like CVCs around the country, the Greater Boston council is one of the few forums where business leaders come together with their peers – and even their competitors – to look at community needs and challenges, and discover innovative service solutions.
Learn more about the Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston.