Friday, July 16, 2010

Congratulations BVC!

The HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute has named the Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) the Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year.

The Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year award presented on June 29th at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which was held in New York City. The BVC, sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, was recognized for promoting volunteerism in the workplace, for organizing activities that mobilize employee volunteers to address important community needs, and for providing a forum for corporate involvement professionals to network, exchange ideas and become more skilled in the practice of managing the corporate social responsibility function.

In the past ten years, the BVC member companies have generated and distributed more than $1 million in resources for low-income children and families: 48,500 new books to 9,700 pre-school children through the Books in a Bag program; 3,440 filled backpacks to foster children though the Just My Bag program; $222,000 in food and cash through the Brown Bag Buddies campaign; and $285,000 in school supplies to agencies and schools through the Tools for Schools drive.

"Doing good is good for business," says Ellen Rafferty, BVC co-chair and Project Coordinator/Social Investing at BD. More and more companies are discovering that being a good neighbor and getting involved with the community is good for the bottom line. "Membership in the BVC can strengthen volunteering both within the company and in community by providing professional development and an opportunity to share best practices around corporate community involvement," Ms. Rafferty continues.

More information about the CVC Award can be found in a recent press release from the Points of Light Institute.

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