We are thrilled to share the incredible success of our recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Service event hosted by The Volunteer Center of the Triad. This event was not just a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy but a powerful testament to the impact that a united community can make.

Embodying Dr. King’s Vision

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everyone can be great because anybody can serve.” Inspired by these powerful words, The Volunteer Center of the Triad organized The 15th Annual MLK Week of Service with the aim of honoring his legacy through impactful community projects.

A Tapestry of Achievements

Thanks to the unwavering support of our sponsors, volunteers, and community partners, we achieved remarkable milestones during the event:

  1. Beautiful Community Art Piece: A testament to unity, creativity, and collective effort, our community art project turned out to be a stunning representation of the shared spirit that brings us together.
  2. Essential Kits for Those in Need: Through our signature event, we met our goal of completing 2,000 toiletry kits, 2,000 snack packs, and 2,000 first aid kits, 40 no-sew blankets, and 200 greeting cards. These kits will make a significant difference in the lives of individuals facing challenging circumstances. The list of nonprofits that received the kits are listed below.
  3. Nonprofit Information Fair: Twenty incredible nonprofits, including The Volunteer Center of the Triad, participated in the fair, connecting with the community, fostering collaboration, and raising awareness about their impactful work.
  4. Food Donations: Over 500 pounds of food donations were collected for Greensboro Urban Ministry, contributing to the fight against hunger in our community.
  5. Kindness for King Award: Congratulations to Davidson Early College High School on being selected as the 2024 recipient of the Kindness for King award!

Sponsor Recognition: A Grateful Thank You

We want to express our deepest gratitude to our generous sponsors. Without their support, none of this would have been possible. A special thank you to:

Your commitment to our community and belief in our mission have truly made a lasting impact.

Week of Service: Extending the Impact

But the spirit of service didn’t stop with a single day. Throughout the entire Week of Service, our community continued to make a difference:

Celebrating the Impactful Nonprofits

We’re proud to have partnered with the following nonprofits, each of which played a vital role in making our service projects a success:

About The Volunteer Center of the Triad

The Volunteer Center of the Triad is dedicated to strengthening our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We believe in the power of service to bring people together, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits, and build lasting partnerships. Through events like the MLK Day of Service, we aim to inspire and mobilize individuals and organizations to contribute to the well-being and vibrancy of the Triad community.

A Heartfelt Thank You

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support, commitment, and belief in our mission from sponsors, volunteers, and community members. Your generosity has not only strengthened our community but has also inspired others to join us in making a positive impact.

As we reflect on the success of our MLK Day of Service, we look forward to continuing this journey together. Thank you for being a vital part of our community and for helping us make a lasting difference.

 

Save the date for 2025: Sunday January 19, 2025

 

In September 2023, a transformative event unfolded in our community – the Corporate Caring Challenge, where businesses joined hands with local nonprofit organizations to create sustainable projects. Orchestrated by The Volunteer Center, this event was more than just a competition; it was a celebration of compassion, collaboration, and the incredible impact that can be made when corporations and nonprofits work hand in hand. On October 19th, the Evening of Champions was a culmination of efforts, where the results were unveiled, and the champions of corporate caring were honored.

The Corporate Caring Challenge was not merely about corporate social responsibility; it was about forging genuine connections. Companies and nonprofits came together, sharing visions and passions, to create projects that would leave a lasting mark on our community. The Volunteer Center played matchmaker, aligning the interests of companies with the needs of nonprofits, ensuring that the projects were not only impactful but also meaningful and sustainable.

In September 2023, teams from participating companies and nonprofits gathered, armed with enthusiasm and a shared purpose. They collaborated, brainstormed, and meticulously planned their projects. From revitalizing local parks to organizing educational workshops, the diversity of initiatives showcased the creativity and dedication of these teams. The streets echoed with the sound of hammers, laughter, and the spirit of camaraderie as these teams brought their projects to life.

As the autumn leaves painted the town in hues of gold, the Evening of Champions arrived. Nonprofit representatives and company teams, dressed in anticipation and pride, filled the venue. Each nonprofit presented their project via videos, weaving stories of transformation and community impact. The room was alive with the energy of change-makers, each tale more inspiring than the last.

Voting took place, and the tension in the air was palpable. Who would be crowned the Corporate Caring Champion of 2023? The announcement resonated through the room, honoring a company whose project stood out for its innovation, sustainability, and, most importantly, its impact on the community. The People’s Choice Award, a testament to the project that captured the hearts of the attendees, was also presented, showcasing the power of community support.

The Corporate Caring Challenge of 2023 was not just an event; it was a beacon of hope and collaboration. It demonstrated that when businesses and nonprofits unite, incredible transformations can happen. The projects created during this challenge were not mere structures of bricks and mortar; they were bridges connecting people, fostering education, and nurturing the environment. As we reflect on this year’s challenge, let us carry the spirit of corporate caring forward, inspiring more businesses to stand up, give back, and create a future where compassion and community are at the heart of every endeavor.

In the tapestry of our community, the Corporate Caring Challenge has woven threads of kindness, empathy, and change. Let these threads bind us together, reminding us that our collective efforts can create a tapestry of a better tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2023 Winners!

WINNER OF PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD — Bill Lusk Studio, Inc. & Family Room Foster Care Resource Center

WINNER OF CORPORATE CARING CHAMPION — WFMY News 2 & Reading Connections


Toyota North Carolina recognized the importance of giving back to the community while fostering team cohesion. By participating in The Volunteer Center’s Corporate Caring program, Toyota aimed to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners while strengthening their own team dynamics.

The Corporate Caring program connects local businesses with meaningful service projects that align with their interests and goals. Toyota’s focus on STEM education perfectly aligned with the program’s objectives, allowing them to support Liberty Elementary School in Liberty, NC, where the new manufacturing plant is currently being built.

Toyota’s team engaged in two impactful service projects to support Liberty Elementary. They assembled 300 Bristle Bot STEM kits, a fun way to learn about basic engineering, motor, circuits, and principals of balances. Additionally, Toyota employees prepared 300 snack packs, ensuring children had access to nutritious food.

The collaboration between Toyota North Carolina and Liberty Elementary through The Volunteer Center’s program made a tangible and meaningful impact. By supporting Liberty Elementary’s STEM programs, Toyota contributed to the academic and personal growth of young learners while fostering a love for STEM education. Their efforts created a brighter future for the children attending Liberty Elementary.

The partnership between Toyota North Carolina and The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s Corporate Caring program showcases the power of collaboration in empowering youth through STEM education. Through its support of Liberty Elementary, Toyota demonstrated its commitment to equipping young learners with the necessary skills and support to thrive academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. This inspiring collaboration serves as a testament to the transformative impact that businesses and nonprofit organizations can achieve when working together towards educational empowerment.

Volvo Financial Services assembled over 400 kits (Toiletry kits, First Aid kits, and Feminine Hygiene Kits) benefiting the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro, NC. Our newest corporate partner understands the importance of giving back to the community where its employees work and live. Thank you allowing The Volunteer Center coordinate your in-office volunteer activity!

The Volunteer Center of the Triad partnered with GXO Logistics on Wednesday September 13, 2023 for a Corporate Caring Service project. The employees of GXO came together and packaged 1,000 school kits. The nonprofit beneficiaries were BackPack Beginnings and Operation Xcel.

Thank you for allowing The Volunteer Center be your top choice for helping you strengthen your corporate social responsibility!

 

The Volunteer Center of the Triad was excited to partner with Gilbarco Veeder-Root again this year for their annual Vontier Cares event on Thursday, August 31. Gilbarco employees completed 4,000 kits (including toiletry kits, baby kits, school kits, and snack packs). These kits were distributed between 13 local nonprofit organizations. It is awesome to have a global company headquartered here in Greensboro participate in our Corporate Caring program. It is so important for corporations to engage and serve the community where the employees live. We appreciate the opportunity to help GVR strengthen its connection to the Piedmont Triad region and demonstrate what it means for a company to be socially responsible. Thank you to GVR for partnering with us on this meaningful volunteer opportunity!

 

Number of participating nonprofit beneficiaries: 
• A Chance 4 Change Outreach Center
• BackPack Beginnings
• Beautiful Butterflies Inc
• FaithAction International
• Family Room Foster Care Resource Center
• Interactive Resource Center
• Kellin Foundation
• My Little Taste Buds
• Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center
• One Hand to Another
• Operation Xcel
• Partners Ending Homelessness
• Reading Connections
• Triad Goodwill

 

Toyota Battery Manufacturing recognized the importance of giving back to the community while fostering team cohesion. By participating in The Volunteer Center’s Corporate Caring program, Toyota aimed to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners while strengthening their own team dynamics.

The Corporate Caring program connects local businesses with meaningful service projects that align with their interests and goals. Toyota’s focus on STEM education perfectly aligned with the program’s objectives, allowing them to support Operation Xcel’s youth programs effectively.

Operation Xcel provides comprehensive afterschool, summer, and mentorship programs that empower youth academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Toyota’s collaboration aimed to enhance these programs and create a brighter future for the children involved.

Toyota’s planning team engaged in two impactful service projects to support Operation Xcel. They assembled 200 “build a pulley” STEM kits, promoting hands-on learning and problem-solving skills among the participants. Additionally, Toyota employees prepared 1,000 snack packs, ensuring children had access to nutritious food during the programs.

The collaboration between Toyota Battery Manufacturing and Operation Xcel through The Volunteer Center’s program made a tangible and meaningful impact. By supporting Operation Xcel’s youth programs, Toyota contributed to the academic and personal growth of young learners while fostering a love for STEM education. Their efforts created a brighter future for the children involved in Operation Xcel.

The partnership between Toyota Battery Manufacturing and The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s Corporate Caring program showcases the power of collaboration in empowering youth through STEM education. Through their support of Operation Xcel’s programs, Toyota demonstrated their commitment to equipping young learners with the necessary skills and support to thrive academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. This inspiring collaboration serves as a testament to the transformative impact that businesses and nonprofit organizations can achieve when working together towards educational empowerment.

 

The Corporate Caring Challenge is a corporate competition in which companies partner with local nonprofit organizations to complete sustainable projects. The idea is to join nonprofits with businesses who want to give back to the community in an impactful, meaningful way.
Congratulations to our two winners!

2022 Corporate Caring Champion: New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

The Journey Garden Project with Journey Adult Day Center

2022 People’s Choice Award: Planet Fitness (W Market St)

Overcoming Obstacles: Obstacle Course and Riding Area with HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center

 

Thank you to our sponsors for the event: AZ Development, Triad Orthodontics, Karen Bolyard Real Estate Group, and HondaJet.

Outstanding Volunteers in Guilford County Are Recognized!

Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to 12 recipients from Guilford County.

Award recipients are:

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The award was created in the Office of the Governor in 1979.

 

Are you looking for ways to serve your community?

 

The Volunteer Center of the Triad, United Way of Greater Greensboro, and local nonprofit partner agencies are pleased to provide you with a variety of ways to give and volunteer your time.

 

This National Volunteer Week (April 18-22, 2022), be sure to make a difference. Both in-person and at-home opportunities are available. To view volunteer opportunities and sign up, click HERE. Check back often, as additional needs will be added.

 

Questions about National Volunteer Week? 

Please contact Audrey McLaughlin, Director of Community Engagement, at The Volunteer Center of the Triad

[email protected] | 336-373-1633 ext. 104

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