Guest contributor: Jessica Thrasher of Headwaters Realty
On March 14, 2015 Headwaters Realty partnered with Odell Brewing Company and organized a volunteer project for the House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, CO.
The House of Neighborly Service connects low income and impoverished individuals and families to available resources in the community. They recently moved into a new space and invited all of the partner agencies that they work with on a regular basis to join them so that their clients could get all of the services they need in one location. Since the House of Neighborly Service recently moved and is still in the process of building out space for other nonprofits, they needed a lot of help cleaning.
For our project we had 31 volunteers contribute 93 hours cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping construction areas, scraping mud off the floors, mudding screw holes in the walls, mopping, cleaning the new conference room, cleaning all of the stairs, and painting! We were AMAZED by all of the work that was accomplished by these very dedicated volunteers. This project was also unique because it was our first partnership project with another company. We were very excited to be able to partner with Odell Brewing Company. By combining our resources, we were able to have a greater impact.
About Headwaters Realty’s commitment to community:
The Headwaters Realty volunteer program began in June 2014. We have two main focus areas: Education and the Environment. As a company, we organize one volunteer project per quarter that fits into one of our focus areas. We invite our past and present clients, family, friends, and community members to join us at our volunteer projects. We are committed to making our volunteering efforts an integral part of how we do business. A portion of all commissions goes toward our community engagement projects. We hire agents who also believe in this mission and each agent organizes one volunteer project per year with the local nonprofit of their choice. We believe that by volunteering and giving back to the community, we have the ability to affect change and improve where we live, work and play.
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B:CIVIC Founding Member Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and they’ve announced that the milestone calls for 365 days of good! The company has dubbed 2015 the “Year of 100 Good Deeds” (Y100) and its team is completing a wide array of projects that benefit the community. These projects were nominated by DGS attorneys and staff, ensuring a strong level of interest and engagement with the efforts.
While the firm has traditionally focused its community involvement efforts on generous financial contributions, it’s widening the giving scope with Y100 by also coordinating volunteer projects and providing pro bono legal services. Check out the full list of planned partnerships here.
“Service to the community is one of the firm’s core values,” said Kenzo Kawanabe, chair of the Y100 Committee, in a press release. “It was a standard set by the founding partners at the firm – and it is a standard that our attorneys and staff strive to continue today with pro bono legal services, community board memberships, volunteer projects, and civic involvement.”
Learn more about Y100 here and track the company’s progress throughout the year! Starting off 2015 with a bang, their team has already supported Colfax Community Network, Adopt Colorado Kids and The Denver Foundation.
A recent trend in company volunteering is to plan service projects and invite not just employees, but also customers and the community at large to participate. Xcel Energy sent out the email below to its customers this week inviting participation in the September 6th Day of Service that they are sponsoring with CBS4 and Serve Colorado. This is a great way to partner and raise visibility for all three organizations while doing projects to make a difference in the community. It’s also a great way to engage with customers and strengthen reputation and loyalty.
What can your company do to engage a broader base for your volunteer efforts and further enhance your customer relations?
“Welcome to the Xcel Energy Day of Service volunteer site!
Saturday, September 6, 2014 will be Xcel Energy’s 4th annual Day of Service. We are partnering with Serve Colorado and CBS4 in honoring the anniversary of 9/11 by supporting our communities with over 2,000 volunteers who will be volunteering at almost 60 sites. And you are invited to join us!
Our projects are listed below – find one that interests you and come join us! There’s something for everyone. You can click on any individual project for additional event details. Projects are filling up quickly, so if your first choice is full, please consider others that still need volunteers. And be sure to watch CBS Channel 4 for project highlights and event information.
Most projects will run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If start or end time is different, time will be listed with the event.
Let’s all work together to make a Positive Effect in our communities!”