Trident United Way campaign season is a fun time for a lot of workplaces. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn about the important work TUW does in the areas of education, financial stability and health, businesses host get-togethers that give you a chance to socialize with your colleagues. These activities can range from the anywhere from the traditional cookout lunch to a ‘pay to pie’ event where you cream your colleagues in the face with a whipped cream pie.
Chances are that by the end of the campaign, you’ve found a few new friends in your workplace. But now that the days of wearing jeans to show you donated, having company breakfasts or karaoke hours are over, how can you continue to see your new friends AND stay involved with Trident United Way?
1. Affinity Groups: If you gave at the Leadership Level, you are eligible to participate in any of TUW’s three affinity groups: African-American Leadership Council, Women United or the Young Philanthropists Society. These groups of engaged donors gather together for happy hours, community service projects and other networking events. Affinity groups are a great opportunity to meet philanthropic-minded people like yourself and take part in fun activities that allow you to stay updated on how your investment is making a difference!
In large companies, Affinity Groups provide great opportunities for coworkers in different departments who may have gotten acquainted during TUW campaign activities stay involved with each other and Trident United Way. Roper St. Francis Healthcare has more than 150 employees who participate in AALC, Women United and YPS groups. Studies show that employees who participate in community and volunteer activities together are more likely to feel bonded to their employers.
To learn more about TUW’s affinity groups, contact Michelle Bornfleth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Day of Caring: Day of Caring is the single largest volunteer event in the Tri-County region. It brings together hundreds of groups of volunteers and pairs them with service projects for nonprofits and schools, all taking part on one day. This year’s Day of Caring takes place on Friday, Nov. 17th. Teams, which are primarily made up of volunteers from companies, can pick their service activity through our online volunteer matching system and each person is given a complimentary Day of Caring t-shirt. Team registration is open through Nov. 3rd.
3. Corporate Volunteer Opportunities: If you enjoyed participating in Day of Caring or think your workplace might be interested in doing service projects year-round, our Strategic Volunteer Engagement team can hook you up! We offer a volunteer engagement calendar with one activity per month that you can sign up for with a few of your newfound workplace friends. Trident United Way also offers tailor-made volunteer activities for larger groups. Mercedes Benz Vans has coordinated with Trident United Way to organize several service projects during scheduled shut down days at the plant. Projects have included everything from assembling move-in kits for new visitors at One-Eighty Place to sorting and packing books for area schools. If your workplace is interested in setting up a volunteer engagement activity, contact Melissa Britton at email@example.com.
4. TUW Committees: Trident United Way utilizes volunteers as thought leaders on committees and councils.There are 20 volunteer committees, ranging from the Board of Directors to the Community Impact Committee and Campaign Cabinet. These ensure that Trident United Way truly represents Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties and acts in the best interest of its residents in terms of improving education, financial stability and health in the region.
Johnson & Johnson Insurance is an example of a company that chooses to stay involved year-round through individuals serving on TUW committees and Day of Caring. J&J’s President Francis Johnson is an active member of Trident United Way’s Board of Directors and also serves on the Campaign Cabinet, which assists the resource development team in preparing and running campaign season. He has previously been a member of the Community Impact Committee. Vice President of Sales Grayson King is a member of Trident United Way’s Strategic Planning Committee while Vice President of Human Resources Teresa Vaughn serves on the Women United Steering Committee. Susan Johnson is serving as this year’s team leader for Johnson & Johnson’s Day of Caring project.
The Community Engagement Review Council will begin recruiting members for its next term in January. This council reviews grant applications from community organizations and makes recommendations to the volunteer-led Community Impact Committee regarding community engagement activities. If you are interested in learning more about the Community Engagement Review Council, contact Melissa Britton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will YOU stay involved with your coworkers and Trident United Way?