why we get involved
It strengthens our community.
Organizations that use volunteers are providing important services at little or no cost to those who need them. When a community thrives as a whole, its individuals are better off too!
It strengthens the Geneva Capital family.
Volunteerism is a way for us to have fun with each other as well as build relationships outside of the office.
It feels good.
The satisfaction & pride that come from helping others is important to us. When we commit our time & effort to a cause we feel strongly about, we feel an incredible sense of fulfillment.
some of our recent projects:
Geneva Capital Charitable Lunches.
Each month 2-3 members of our team choose a charity & prepare a lunch for the rest of the office. All of the recipients we choose are picked because they hit home in one way or another...whether it's an ailment someone we know suffers from, or a family we know that's going through a challenging time. All donations are collected & matched by Geneva Capital. We have a monthly Charity Lunch goal of $600. In the last few months we've raised money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jingle Bells, Minnesota Teen Challenge, Faith's Lodge, & four local families in need, as well as purchasing Christmas presents for local children.
Charitable Giving Committee.
Quarterly, 2-3 members of our team volunteer to serve on our Charitable Giving Committee. This committee is given a monthly budget with which they can assist any personal acquaintances, local families, or organizations that are in need. Some of the criteria they use to select recipients are that the donation in some way affects youth, helps someone in immediate need, & is used in or around our community. In the past, the funds have been used to purchase gift cards for families who are in need of a particular item, provided a service to a family in need, or have been given directly as a cash donation.
United Way Food Drop & United Way Coat Drive.
Several of us have volunteered at the United Way Food Drop. We help to unload & organize food & household items, hand them out, & help transport goods to vehicles. This is an ongoing event that Geneva participates in. Each year the coat drive provides warm winter wear for over 800 residents of Douglas County. Everyone should have adaquate outerwear in the cold months & the United Way does a fantastic job of ensuring that no one is left in the cold.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Historically, Geneva Capital employees have participated in the Relay for Life. Cancer has affected all of our lives & the relay is such an easy way to offer support.
We have several members of our team who have been lunch buddies for many years. They travel to local elementary schools, eat lunch & spend time with the student they're matched to. The article below was from the United Way's newsletter & featured our team.