As we work together toward the 2020 Vision Goals for the Common Good, the United Way of Johnson County is committed to convening and engaging our community in strategies that measurably improve lives. To maximize the positive impact of businesses in Johnson County, we invited area business leaders to learn more about the Workplace Volunteer Council (WVC), a coalition of local businesses that have an employee volunteer program or are interested in starting one, on Feb. 29th. Procter & Gamble hosted the breakfast, which more than 40 individuals representing 16 different companies attended!
By Leaps and Bounds: Increasing Impact by Working Together
Keynote Presentation by Barbara Waters
Barbara Waters is the Community Relations Manager for Placon Corporation, a plastic manufacturing company in Madison, WI, where she leads Placon’s volunteer program and corporate contributions. She has been a member of Madison’s workplace volunteer council, Business Volunteer Network (BVN), for 10 years and currently serves as BVN Chair. BVN was the 2008 “Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year Award” recipient by the Points of Light/Hands On Network. She also serves as a member of the HON Corporate Volunteer Council Advisory Committee. In this role, Barbara has presented workshops at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service for new and emerging Corporate Volunteer Councils.
Drawing on her experiences with Workplace Volunteer Councils around the country, she shared:
· How to link your company’s volunteer program to serve a larger need in the community
· The benefits of membership in a Workplace Volunteer Council
· Different WVC models and what makes a great WVC.
Procter & Gamble, the University of Iowa Foundation and CIVCO also highlighted their employee volunteer engagement strategies and policies.
The Workplace Volunteer Council provides a structure within the business community to promote and support employee volunteerism that aligns with your business goals, employee interests, and real community needs. Through networking, professional development, and joint strategic initiatives, the WVC helps you strengthen your own program and improve community impact.