'Tis the Season of Giving
December is informally known as the month to give back. Whether it’s a matter of dropping your spare change in the Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle, surprising co-workers with tray of cookies, or volunteering your time to give back within your community, December is the month to do your part!
As important as it is for each of us to try and give back what we can, some employers believe it’s equally as important for the workplaces to step up and give back as well. Corporate social responsibility is an effective tool to foster a sense of community within the workplace. Not to mention, as more Millennials and Gen Z-ers enter the workforce, companies who take their social responsibility seriously can attract and retain top talent. In fact, according to a study published in Forbes; 62% of millennials would take a pay cut to work for a socially responsible company.
There are countless ways to give back on a corporate level. One of the most popular ways is to donate to a non-profit organization. According to Double the Donation, more than $17.77 billion was donated to NPO’s by US corporations last year.
At ISCG we have an annual tradition to give back to local NPOs and we call it Chairs for Chair-ity. We ask friends, family, community members, and followers to nominate their favorite NPOs; with the winners receiving state-of-the-art ergonomic task chairs. This year, we are excited to announce the three NPO’s that will receive brand new chairs:
Since 1999 City Year has been involved with Detroit Public Schools; serving in eight different elementary, middle and high schools across the district. They support students and teachers all day, every day providing academic and social-emotional support. Students who engage with city year are 3x more likely to improve math skills and 2x more likely to improve on ELA assessments. They have helps thousands of students graduate successfully from high school and have provided a resource for both students and teachers were resources were lacking.
Notable Nomination: “Nearly a third of students in Detroit’s public schools drop out. The consequences are real: students who drop out are eight times more likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed. When a student drops out of school it has a lasting effect on our communities.”
For over 100 years Vista Maria has been providing residential and community-based treatment to women and children in the Detroit area. Their community-based programs include: education through two on-campus charter schools; general and treatment foster care; youth assistance programming; independent living; transition services; and after-school programming.
Notable Nomination: “Vista Maria serves hundreds of youth who have been abused or neglected and have suffered severe trauma. Due to tight budgets, it is difficult to supply needed office furniture and staff often have to locate chairs in other areas of the buildings before meetings can occur. Also the chairs that are available are often old, worn or broken.”
VFAA has been serving the communities of Milford, Milford Township and Huron Valley since 1992 providing individual artists of all ages the opportunity to nurture their creative spirit. VFAA is 100% volunteer run with classes available for children, adults and those with special needs.
Notable Nomination: “The Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) was established as a non-profit in 1992. In 2014, the organization opened the Suzanne Haskew Art Center (The SHAC) to address the need for a community space in the Huron Valley area where creativity is nurtured and showcased. The SHAC is a place where people of all ages, abilities and talents can explore their creative selves with art, music and more. It is incubation space where small businesses were started and grew into larger spaces in the community. It is income opportunity space for artists and teachers. The vast majority of the efforts to run programs at the SHAC (art classes, art events, programs for Special Needs individuals and for Teens and more!) are by volunteers. It is a unique place with a lot of heART.”
We look forward to sharing more about these organizations in the coming months and ways you can help them!