Lately, the topic of giving back has become a hot commodity. Whether it is through volunteer hours or financial contribution, giving back is “in”.
Additionally, giving back is now an official part of a business’s mission. It is not enough to simply encourage your employees to volunteer and support local charities. Corporations more and more are prioritizing their philanthropic efforts. In 2007, I joined the Jaycees (in Connecticut). I am a proud second generation member (my mother before me) and have been a Jaycee in Virginia for almost four years. The Jaycees are my way of giving back to the Community that has given me so much.
I’m often asked: Who are the Jaycees?
A quick history, the Arlington Junior Chamber or commonly known as the Jaycees or JCs was founded in 1948 and have been serving the Arlington community ever since. The Arlington Jaycees is a leadership training and civic organization for young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40. We are an all-volunteer organization with areas of emphasis on community service, business development and individual development. (Fun Fact - Notable Jaycees in History: President Ford, President Humphrey and Charles Lindberg. The Jaycees were instrumental in the creation of the U.S. Air Mail Service and the establishment of the National Wildlife Federation.)
What can you or your business do today to spread goodwill in Arlington? Consider the following options:
Volunteer Leave: The Advisory Board Company provides their employees with up to 10 hours of paid daytime leave per MONTH to pursue volunteer activities of their choosing.
Socially Conscious Business: Phoenix Bikes is a wonderful example of a Company whose mission is to give back while providing a superior project. Teach local youth to repair a bike,provide a skill – now you’re doing more than just selling a bike!
Strategic Partnerships: Aligning your corporate philanthropy with a likeminded Non-Profit Organization. For example, if diversity (age) is of importance to your business perhaps partnering with the Jaycees on a volunteer project would be beneficial. The Jaycees Creed has one very strong line, and it’s the last one, “service to humanity is the best work of life”.