You don’t have to work for a non-profit organization to make a notable impact in the community. That’s the sentiment behind the new initiative, Care2Act, created by Southwest Human Development. The goal of the program is to help professionals make connections to non-profit organizations and give back in the communities where they live and work.
Care2Act provides employees at for-profit companies the same opportunities that are often available to non-profit employees with regard to community engagement, charitable endeavors and similar efforts that benefit the people of Arizona. This unique networking group gives companies tools, connections and support needed to increase community engagement.
The Care2Act program also provides training opportunities for community-minded professionals, giving them the guidance and support they need to influence colleagues, shift cultures, create necessary change and turn caring into action.
“Opportunities like this are not uncommon when you work in the non-profit sector, but what Care2Act does is encourage those who work outside of it to make more of an impact within their communities,” said David Reno, Southwest Human Development Corporate Relations Manager. “What we do is facilitate the process of helping companies identify their community’s most pressing needs so they can address them accordingly.”
In addition to helping Arizona employers take steps to build stronger, more philanthropic workforces, Care2Act seeks to boost volunteerism, enhance employee community engagement and encourage local business culture to invest time and energy into efforts they have a passion for.
“Ultimately, Care2Act is about aligning your business’s interests with the needs of the surrounding community and rallying the internal support necessary to make a positive difference,” added Reno. “If just one person can make a difference, imagine what can happen when we all share the same objectives.”
Care2Act hosts a series of training and networking events throughout the year aimed at accomplishing these and related objectives. The next event, Living in Inbox Zero, is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Okland Construction, 1700 N. McClintock Drive, in Tempe.
To learn more about this event or to register, visit www.care2act.org/events.