Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Volunteering Has a Dual Impact

By Taylor Kilgore, Communications Consultant

While April is National Volunteer Month, here at CUNA Mutual Group we care about making a difference in our communities all year long. In the first quarter of 2018, we gave more than 2,500 volunteer hours to nonprofits and causes in our communities.

We’re grateful to the many employees who are bringing our corporate culture to life in this way. Here are a few examples of how our employees have been making a difference so far this year. We hope they spark ideas for you about ways to give back where you live and work.

Student Exchange Program in northern Colorado
Doreen Warrender, Lending Consultant, volunteers with AFS Colorado Rockies (AFS), a non-profit group that facilitates high-school student exchanges. She works to pair families with students and finds activities for the students.

“I’ve volunteered for more than 10 years. During that time, I have applied and received Dollars for Doers grants, a program which CUNA Mutual Group donated money based on my volunteer time,” said Doreen. “This money helps make our activities more meaningful by paying for expenses that we couldn’t otherwise afford.”

Fostering Young Professionals in Madison, WI
Abbe Smith, Media Specialist, sits on two boards that foster professional development and volunteerism for youth: Habitat Young Professionals and the Social Media Breakfast. Abbe believes connecting young people to volunteerism is essential as many organizations depend on volunteers to run successfully. 

“I am very passionate about my community,” said Abbe. “It’s important to ask, ‘what can we do to make this a better place?’.”

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
David Andrews, Financial Service Representative, has volunteered with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses for the last 17 years. He is one of 935 volunteers in his chapter, who help make the Rose Parade possible.

“I participate because I enjoy the people I have grown to become friends with over the years,” said David. “Also, it feels good to do something that makes so many people around the world happy.” 

Packaging Meals in Waverly, IA
Kerri Swancutt, Technology Analyst, recently helped package meals at Waverly High School for Meals from the Heartland. Six other CUNA Mutual Group employees worked together to fill bags with rice, soy and dried vegetables, which were sent to local and global communities.

“It was fun to work with my team, getting to know each other a little better,” said Kerri. “My biggest delight was knowing what we were doing was going to impact so many people.”

There are many ways you can impact your communities – whether on a board or committee, a team-building activity or a one-time event. Why not spend some time volunteering during National Volunteer Month?

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