Founding Board Member CH2M HILL recently received the award for Best Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership from Ragan’s PR Daily Awards for its generous efforts to provide Panama residents with access to life necessities. A section of the article about CH2M HILL’s award is below, and it can be read in its entirety here.
SOME ORGANIZATIONS BUILD METAPHORICAL BRIDGES; CH2M HILL HELPED BUILD A REAL ONE
It’s hard to imagine a community activity that better engages front-line employees in the hands-on work of improving the lives of people in need. The residents of an isolated community in rural Panama had to find their way across the Rio Trinidad, leading the nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity to undertake the building of a footbridge over the river in order to provide residents with safe access to schools, health clinics, markets, and jobs.
Denver-based CH2M Hill provided $50,000 for the program and another $35,000 to pay for costs associated with sending 11 carefully chosen front-line employees to help with construction; the funds paid for employee meals, travel, and safety equipment. The 11 team members—selected from diverse locations including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K., and the U.S.—underwent training for their roles, working with Bridges to Prosperity staff in Denver and Panama to prepare for construction and address safety and logistical issues. The staff participants also contributed to communication about the effort through personal stories and blogs, photos, and videos that documented the process. The project was so successful, with employees reporting a renewed sense of pride in their work, that CH2M Hill has committed to further partnership with Bridges to Prosperity.
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Welcome to For Goodness’ Sake, B:CIVIC’s blog that will offer new perspectives on business giving in Colorado. We’ll regularly serve up philanthropy and community outreach ideas, new ways your business can get involved and noticed for its good deeds, insights on Colorado’s business giving scene and updates on our organization.
As the spin-off of the 2% Club, Businesses Committed to Investing and Volunteering in the Community (B:CIVIC) was established to boost business philanthropy and community involvement across the state.
Simply put: we know that businesses doing good make communities great.
We might be new, but many of our Founding Board Members have given back to their communities for decades. The 14 businesses and organizations at the helm of B:CIVIC are leaders in business giving in Colorado, and they’re on a mission to help companies of all sizes and industries do the same. We’ve almost reached 100 Founding Members and are ready to get the good going.
So, What’s Next?
Starting in 2015, we will offer year-round, exclusive professional development opportunities, educational resources, networking events, service days and much more. Whether you prefer attending an engaging panel that discusses the best business philanthropy practices or picking the brain of a fellow business leader about their latest community outreach tactics at a hopping cocktail hour, we have you covered. Stay tuned for a formal calendar of member events, as well as opportunities for Colorado’s nonprofit community and the general public to get involved.
We also invite our members to get involved with B:CIVIC by joining one of the following committees:
- Membership: Get involved with recruiting the best and brightest businesses that are committed to their local communities.
- Outreach and Marketing: Help tell B:CIVIC’s story, establish beneficial community partnerships, elevate members in the public eye, drive chatter on social media and much more.
- Program: Guide the design and implementation of program activities, evaluate program effectiveness and ensure that the programing addresses the needs of the organization.
B:CIVIC kicked off on November 18th with a party at Will Call in RiNo. More than 100 representatives of local business showed up to support B:CIVIC’s mission to promote business philanthropy and community involvement in the community. Check out the album here!