From Kevin’s Desk: It Pays to Give Back (7/27/18)

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Friday!

We know that volunteering benefits the community.  But did you know that research shows that volunteering is good for employees and organizations, as well? Organizations that encourage their employees to volunteer have higher morale, a more positive culture and a better reputation. I have personally found that working together on a service project is a great way to get to know your teammates and build relationships.

Putting these principles into action, leaders from UHR recently spent a day volunteering at Camp North Star Reach, a camp in Pinckney for children with unique medical needs that was founded by a former U-M nurse. You can check out some great photos here and learn more about this amazing organization. And in a few weeks, our B&F Forum group will spend the morning at the Humane Society helping keep the shelter facilities in tip-top shape. (Rumor has it we’ll also get to meet some dogs in need of a good home!) If your team has a volunteer event planned or you’ve partnered with a great community organization in the past, I’d love to hear about it.

Speaking of sharing your time and talents, I want to give a shout-out to our B&F colleagues Lisa Grove, Kareem Johnson, Latreece Taylor and Glen Theeck for volunteering last week at a CEW+ event. The panelists shared their career path experiences with 50 high school students who are participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program, part of our U-M Poverty Solutions initiative. Thank you for helping to support this important program! I heard the event was a great success and that the students truly appreciated your wisdom and advice!

Thanks for all the ways you give back to this amazing community.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin

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