Volunteer Management Blog - Service, Lead, Inspire.

Everyone knows that the homeless is tough subject. People help out everyday though by going to shelters to feed, donating clothes, and giving money out of their pockets. There is one nonprofit that has gone above and beyond in order to help the less unfortunate. Project Homeless Connect KC was created to “connect homeless Kansas Citians with the care they need to move their lives forward.”

Project Homeless Connect was originally created in 2004 by the San Francisco Department of Health. Since then, it has spread over 260 cities, including Kansas City. They improve access to services such as dental care, eyeglasses, housing, food, medical care, and more. By banding together other nonprofits, corporations, and government agencies, Project Homeless Connect is able to create unity throughout organizations in the metro area.

The first annual event for Kansas City will be October 10 at Gregg/Klice Community Center at 17th and Paseo, in Kansas City, Missouri. They are still looking for organizations and volunteers to help. If you are interested in helping, please sign up online via VolunteerMark:

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October 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Many shifts available to choose from!

Kansas City-based company partners up with VolunteerMark again to revitalize volunteer operations for High Aspirations.

Written by: Brent Lager, brent@volunteermark.com

One wasn’t enough for Red Auto Protection CEO Elijah Norton. After donating a $1,000 scholarship to the Shepherd’s Center of KC Central in early June, the vehicle protection company founder quickly realized he wanted to do more for the Kansas City community. So he did.

Thanks again to the generosity of Norton and his Red Auto Protection company, VolunteerMark is proud to announce its second corporate social responsibility scholarship of the summer. This $1,000 donation went to High Aspirations, an urban Kansas City-based nonprofit organization that strives to help young African American men improve the quality of their lives socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually.

“As a believer in hard work, education, and dedication, High Aspirations is making a major impact on the world,” Norton said. “I felt that by helping them, I not only have the opportunity to give back to the community, but also contribute to a cause RED Auto Protection and I firmly support.”

With the scholarship, High Aspirations will be able to utilize VolunteerMark’s volunteer management software for free over the next 12 months. The software’s scheduling, communications and reporting tools will enable the nonprofit to more effectively and efficiently operate its volunteer-based programs.

“This scholarship will help High Aspirations build stronger Kansas City neighborhoods in a more efficient way,” High Aspirations President and Founder Henry Wash said. “In like manner, it also shares our mission with our new partners and allows them to participate at a maximum level.”

Similar to its other corporate social responsibility scholarship, Red Auto Protection and VolunteerMark have also agreed to develop a continuing partnership with High Aspirations to better help the organization with its overall mission. Volunteer opportunities, media campaigns and online outreach are just a few of the ways the trio hopes to work together and improve the lives of Kansas City’s youth.

Eventually, VolunteerMark hopes that partnerships like these will lead to an improved future — the more businesses that take up the community involvement crusade, the better American society will ultimately be. To find out how a company can get involved in the corporate social responsibility program, contact Brent Lager at brent@volunteermark.com.

“This scholarship is just another example of quality organizations coming together to enrich their local communities,” VolunteerMark CEO Andrew Stanley said. “With the generosity and leadership shown by Red Auto Protection, plus the vision and commitment by High Aspirations, it’s partnerships like these that will shape the future of our city.”

RED Auto Protection prides itself on offering the highest quality vehicle protection plans at affordable prices. Originally founded in Overland Park, Kan., the company now has multiple locations across the nation and handles thousands of accounts yearly.

High Aspirations’ vision is to be a recognized resource in the Kansas City urban core for developing personal and life skills in African-American young men, thus enabling them to live socially productive lives.

“VolunteerMark is a brilliant program that I feel will help nonprofit organizations such as High Aspirations automate monotonous back-end processes,” Norton said. “It allows their staff and volunteers to focus on the most important thing — helping others succeed. Because of that, this is a great partnership.”

Appreciation is as easy as taking a picture — snap a shot, get a tee.

Written by: Samantha Harms, twitter.com/saamanthajean

We want to thank those who volunteer their time and talents for the betterment of our communities — so we bought a lot of T-shirts! A shipment recently came in and they’re free just for you. Whether you’re helping through The Call KC, Habitat for Humanity or any other organization, we simply want to show our gratitude.

So next time you or any one you know is volunteering, take a picture — yes, selfies are encouraged — post it on any social media site and tag VolunteerMark in it. We’ll ship you a free T-shirt the next day. Better yet, post the photo on your own outlets and we’ll both share the great news that the people in our cities care.

Tag a photo on our Facebook account.
Or post a shot on our Twitter account.
Or add it to our Instagram account.

For more information, contact Brent Lager at brent@volunteermark.com or call 1-877-551-5250.

“Giving back is about leveraging your businesses expertise and talents in a way that fits you and a nonprofit perfectly.”

Written by: Josh Schukman, twitter.com/joshschukman

So you’re a business and you want to give back. This is terrific! But all kinds of businesses try to do this, and for the most part, their efforts range somewhere form mediocre to downright terrible.

Why? They don’t do it for the right reasons. They do what they think the community wants them to do, yet they fail to ask employees what they want to do. They don’t connect their giving back with their overall mission.

The reasons are endless, but the result is the same. I, as a consumer, have no idea why you partner with the nonprofits you partner with and to do so, I have to dig through 20 pages of your website to even find it out anyway. Your employees don’t really care to volunteer there because they don’t get the nonprofit’s cause, and you just end up donating a bunch of money while lending nothing of your talent, expertise and connections.

The above is no way to run corporate social responsibility, but by and large it’s the norm for businesses. Good news — you can avoid this in your business. Here are five steps you’ve gotta follow if you truly want to build strong philanthropic relationships in ways that help you and your community.

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Vehicle protection company partners with VolunteerMark to revolutionize Shepherd’s Center of KC Central’s volunteer operations.

When companies decide to make community involvement a priority, the decision deserves to be recognized. In fact, it needs to be so other businesses have social service leaders to follow.

To that end, VolunteerMark is proud to announce the inaugural member of its new corporate social responsibility programRed Auto Protection. Earlier this month, the vehicle protection company donated a $1,000 scholarship to Shepherd’s Center of KC Central, a Kansas City-based nonprofit organization that empowers mid-life and older adults to live healthy, engaged and independent lives.

“I believe as a successful business in the Kansas City area, and nationwide, it is our obligation to give back to our community,” Red Auto Protection CEO Elijah Norton said. “Supporting an organization like the Shepherd’s Center, whose central mission is to help keep the elderly independent and active is both a noble cause as well as something that we believe our product enables the elderly to do.”

The generous monetary donation will enable Shepherd’s Center Central to utilize VolunteerMark’s state-of-the-art volunteer management software free of charge for the next 12 months. With the software’s extensive scheduling, communications and reporting tools, Shepherd’s Center Central will now be able to more effectively and efficiently manage its 1,000-plus volunteer force.

“We are pleased to receive this very valuable scholarship from Red Auto Protection,” Shepherd’s Center Central executive director Pam Seymour said. “The use of VolunteerMark software will help us become much more efficient with our volunteer recruitment, management of those volunteers and the many opportunities we have available. We also hope that by using new technology like VolunteerMark, we will generate more interest from a younger group of volunteers.”

Going beyond the scholarship, Red Auto Protection and VolunteerMark have also entered into an ongoing community partnership with the charity to help the organization achieve its ultimate mission. From media campaigns to online outreach to volunteer opportunities, the trio has agreed to work together to improve the lives and impact of Kansas City’s aging generations.

Ultimately, VolunteerMark hopes that partnerships like these will be the catalyst to a better future — the more businesses that embrace community involvement, the more improved our society can be. To learn how a company can partake in the corporate social responsibility program, contact Brent Lager at brent@volunteermark.com.

“We wanted to help develop lasting and worthwhile partnerships between for profit corporations and the nonprofit world,” VolunteerMark CEO Andrew Stanley said. “It needed to be more than money and donations, but an actual investment into the success of these great organizations and I’m so glad that we were able to find such willing partners.”

RED Auto Protection prides itself on offering the highest quality vehicle protection plans at affordable prices. Originally founded in Overland Park, Kan., the company now has multiple locations across the nation and handles thousands of accounts yearly.

To empower the mid-life and older adults of Kansas City, Shepherd’s Center Central delivers numerous free or low-cost programs and projects. Meals on Wheels, Senior Companions, Caregiver support services and community engagement programs are just some of the offerings the nonprofit supplies.

“We hope that this is just the beginning, that others will follow Red Auto Protection’s lead of helping charities revitalize their volunteer operations,” Stanley said. “It’s a great way for corporations to show they care about the communities that support them.”