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    Going Beyond the Office- BI in the Community

    December 22, 2021

    Following a year like 2020, there was a lot to be optimistic about heading into 2021.

    A huge highlight for our Boardroom Insiders team was our new 2021 Community Service initiative, giving each employee the opportunity to dedicate 8 hours per quarter to serve a cause of their choice. Not only was our team thrilled to see each other outside of a Zoom screen, but they were thrilled to be able to give back to their local communities spanning from coast to coast. 

    2017 Deloitte Volunteerism Survey found that when employees are given the chance to invest time into serving the community, big things happen. For one, it supercharges company culture and fosters better relationships among coworkers (especially ones who have only known each other through a screen!). Additionally, findings revealed that those who frequently participate in workplace volunteer opportunities are more likely to be satisfied, engaged, and even develop leadership skills. 

    Simply put, this policy was widely embraced by our team. As a company, we clocked over 325 community service hours! 


    Learn more about the organizations our team was able to serve this year: 

    Image from iOS-1 Image from iOS (9) (1) Image from iOS (7) Classroom Central

    Classroom Central: Classroom Central equips students in need to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies to their teachers. We serve teachers and students in nearly 200 schools across six school districts in the Charlotte Region. Supplies are distributed through our Free Store, Mobile Free Store and several other community-supported programs. Learn more here: https://classroomcentral.org/  


    Image from iOS (2)-1 Image from iOS (1)-1 Image from iOS (5) Promising Pages

    Promising Pages: All children need books in their homes in order to grow academically, but there are an estimated 60,000 children in the Charlotte area living in a book desert. Home libraries are often seen as a luxury for under-resourced children and families in our community. Promising Pages collects new and donated books and distributes them to students and organizations, with the goal of eliminating the book desert and providing a free resource to those that need it most. Learn more here: https://promising-pages.org/ 

    Image from iOS (21) Image from iOS (27) IMG_3628 Image from iOS (20) Second Harvest Food Bank

    Second Harvest Food Bank: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHMETROLINA) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food. SHMETROLINA has been in existence since 1981. Learn more here: https://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/ 

    Image from iOS (8) Keep Islip Clean

    Keep Islip Clean, a branch of Keep America Beautiful: It is to Keep Islip Clean (KIC), a not-for-profit, community service organization dedicated to a cleaner, prouder Islip Township. KIC, a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, work all year round picking up roadside litter, planting flowers, painting over graffiti, cleaning our wetlands and improving the quality of life for all 18 hamlets of Islip. Learn more here: http://www.keepislipclean.org/ 

    Image from iOS (34) Food Runners San Francisco

    Food Runners San Francisco: Whether it is called Food Waste, Food Rescue, or Food Recovery, Food Runners is a leader in the effort to keep edible food from being discarded. Food Runners picks up excess perishable and prepared food from businesses such as restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hospitals, event planners, corporate cafeterias, and hotels and delivers it directly to neighborhood food programs. Learn more here: https://www.foodrunners.org/ 

    Harvest Hope Food Bank- Columbia SC: Harvest Hope is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in South Carolina. We rescue nutritious food from stores throughout the state and distribute it to food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. We operate programs that provide food for our most vulnerable citizens – children, seniors, and rural residents who don’t have access to grocery stores. We also run our own emergency food pantries in Greenville and Columbia where anyone in need can get a week’s supply of groceries for free. Learn more here: https://www.harvesthope.org/ 

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    Crisis Assistance Ministry: The mission of Crisis Assistance Ministry is to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. Our vision is to inspire our community to justice and generosity as we provide help, hope, and understanding to people struggling with limited financial resources. Learn more here: https://www.crisisassistance.org/ 

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    Senior Coastsiders: We support successful aging for Coastside seniors by providing opportunities, services, and resources that meet their needs, enrich their lives, foster their independence, and respect their creativity, dignity, and value. Learn more here: https://www.seniorcoastsiders.org/  

    Image from iOS (14) Image from iOS (17) Image from iOS (13) Roc Solid

    Roc Solid: Each year, Roc Solid builds hope for thousands of families who are fighting pediatric cancer by building families playground sets, ready bags, and offering support. Learn more here: https://rocsolidfoundation.org/ 

    The YMCA of Greater Charlotte: The YMCA of Greater Charlotte brings people together – from all backgrounds and circumstances – to create connections that transform lives and community. For nearly 150 years, our Y has fostered meaningful and lasting personal and social change. With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, we work alongside our neighbors to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Learn more here: https://www.ymcacharlotte.org/here-for-good 

    Baxter Trail Club: To promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle and educational opportunities for the residents of Baxter Village and the surrounding area. Learn more here: https://www.baxtertrailclub.org/Volunteer 

    The Catawba River Sweep: The Catawba Riversweep is one day a year when citizens from all over the Catawba-Wateree River Basin come together to clean up on the same day. October 2, 2021 will be a day when thousands of neighbors come together at dozens of sites from Lake James to Lake Wateree and everywhere in between. It will be a day of hard work, fun, fellowship, and action! Learn more here: https://catawbariversweep.org/ 

    COVID Vaccination Centers (various)

    Other organizations Boardroom Insiders supported in 2021: 

    Clean Coonoor: Clean Coonoor is a community campaign which strives to help the town have: a clean and safe water supply, clean and safe ambient air, an efficient system for safe emptying of animal, human, and industrial waste, clean food free of biological and chemical contaminants, and adequate housing in clean and safe surroundings. Learn more here: https://www.cleancoonoor.org/ 

    Sharon Gillenwater serves as the co-chair on the Board of Gateway Public Schools in San Francisco where she helps plan and implement strategies and initiatives: https://gatewaypublicschools.org/


    In addition to team service hours, Boardroom Insiders supported these great nonprofits in our communities in 2021:

    Rice N Beans- Rice N Beans is a non denominational, faith based effort to address the plight of the hungry and homeless men, women and children in underserved communities.
    Charlotte Rescue Mission- Charlotte Rescue Mission is a leader in providing free Christian-based residential recovery programs that help people struggling with the disease of addiction achieve long-term sobriety, find employment and stable housing, and restore and build healthy relationships.
    Children’s Attention Home- Located in York County, the Children's Attention Home serves children ages birth to 21 all across South Carolina, offering temporary shelter, compassionate support and individualized care for every child. The children it serves have been removed from their homes by the SC Department of Social Services because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect they have endured from their caregivers.
    Humane Society of Charlotte- At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we believe that by working to improve animal welfare, we’re not only saving the lives of animals who need our help but are also building a better community by creating families with healthy, happy pets, educating pet owners and ensuring the safety and well-being of both two-legged and four-legged Charlotteans.
    Carolina Thread Trail- The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of connected greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.9 million people. There are over 300 miles of trails and 170 miles of blueway open to the public – linking people to places, and communities to each other. The Thread Trail preserves our natural areas and is a place for recreation, transportation and conservation. This is a landmark project that provides public and community benefits for people of every age, every background and in every community in our region.

    Thank you to our Boardroom Insiders team members for all of their service this year! 







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    Sharon Gillenwater

    Sharon Gillenwater is the founder and editor-in-chief of Boardroom Insiders, which maintains an extensive database of the most in-depth executive profiles on the market, from Fortune 500 companies to independent non-profits, to help sales and marketing professionals build deeper relationships and close more deals with clients. Gillenwater is a long-time marketing consultant with expertise in marketing strategy, account-based marketing, and CXO engagement programs.