- By Gina Shanks
- In Charitable CSR Programs
- Posted February 8, 2019
CSR & the Charities Who Benefit
Our CSR, Charitable programs, continue to lead the way as our most popular team building activities. Over the years, BEST has developed a great lineup of charitable give-back programs and have built long-lasting relations with the top philanthropic organizations. Our CSR programs can be delivered anywhere in North America. CSR features group bonding activities designed to boost team spirit and unity while helping less fortunate members of your community. These uplifting events include activities, games, and challenges resulting in the creation of items for donation. Donations are made to local and national charities for the benefit of overseas soldiers, schools, the homeless, children, the elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients – to name a few.
Six Charities Benefitted This Week
At times, we are so busy facilitating these programs; we forget just how many people are positively affected by our client’s donations. This week 6 of our programs were CSR and participants built over 100 wheelchairs, bicycles and care packs. Our Charitable Resource Manager who handles all of the donations is Pam Kane. She is solely responsible for working with the clients to find a charity that is meaningful to their organization. Once the charity is selected, she coordinates with the nonprofit for the delivery of the items. Also, at times, a representative from the organization attends the event and personally thanks the company for their donation.
This week we highlight just some of the organizations that we’ve helped. Depending on what city the event is taking place in, Pam works with the client to find a receiving organization. This week in Leesburg, Virginia the Loudoun County VFW received a donation of six wheelchairs from our Build-a-Wheelchair program. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Loudoun County Post #1177, located near Washington DC, is comprised of over 300 veterans who served our country during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and other distant places. The wheelchair donation will go to members of the VFW to help veterans in the Leesburg and Arlington, Virginia areas. The VFW was founded back in 1899 when there was no medical care for veterans and has since continued to help care for veterans.
Another charity our clients helped this week was the Child Advocates of Marion County. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the CASA, short for Court Appointed Special Advocates are trained volunteers that are appointed by the Indianapolis Juvenile Court to represent the best interest of a child in court. This week BEST donated bicycles to this amazing organization to help children in need in Indianapolis foster homes. Bike Build Donation® is our most popular ordered program year after year. Child advocates number one goal is to provide independent, child-focused representation to every child who has suffered abuse and/or neglect.
Helping the Elderly
Another organization who benefited from one of our CSR programs this week was the VNA of Hudson Valley. The VNA is a multi-faceted organization, located in New York, who offers and coordinates a broad array of home health services. These services are available to patients who are treated at home instead of at a hospital. Their registered nurses’ coordinate plans of care ordered by the patient’s physician. This plan of care may incorporate certified home health aides, speech-language pathologists, physical or occupational therapists, medical social workers, mental health home care from psychiatric nurse clinicians, and maternal child health programs. After a Project Alzheimer’s team building event with 270 participants, the VNA of Hudson Valley, New York, received a donation of MP3 players for their elderly patients. Project Alzheimer’s™ is a unique charitable activity for teams from any company or organization. It’s designed to help people living with Alzheimer’s reawaken their souls through the simple and profound experience of listening to their favorite music. The staff at the organization sets up the MP3 players for the elderly in their care.
Two more organizations to benefit from a CSR program this week was the YMCA of Metro Chicago and YMCA of Greater Houston. Each of these organizations received bicycles after a Bike Build Donation®. The YMCA mission is to develop healthy children, families, and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Children in need of bicycles in Chicago and Houston will benefit from the donations.
Lastly, another great organization that was helped this week was Easter Seals Nevada. They received wheelchairs for veterans after a Build-a-Wheelchair program. Easter Seals Nevada helps veterans in Las Vegas and surrounding cities with employment opportunities, in addition, mental health and recovery programs, assistive technology, camp and recreation, caregiving support and more.
With 16 CSR programs in our lineup, the possibilities are endless to the types of nonprofits your company can help. So whatever the interest of your corporate team is, we can help select an organization that is meaningful to them.
It’s our honor to receive thank you letters like this.
Good morning All,
I must first say what a pleasure it was in the company of some wonderful individual last evening at your event. The welcome was very warm, and I have humbled with the reception myself and my comrade Steven Hood received.
I am also again appreciative for the opportunity you offered me to talk to your group. I was happy that I could share some of the great efforts my VFW post-1177 do in the community for the many veterans.
Finally, on behalf of all the veterans to whom the wheelchairs would be going to, I say thanks in advance, to you, and your management team, and your leadership for this most generous donation. It will go to great use and will be well received.
I have attached some photos from last night that I thought you would like to see.
Again, on behalf of the officers and members of the VFW Post 1177, I thank you for your kindness and your donation, and I hope that we keep in touch. If you have any intentions of supporting the post in any other way, please do not hesitate to contact me again at your convenience.
VFW Post 1177, Loudon County, Virginia