There is something that just feels right about community service work. When you do something positive to make other people feel better about themselves it makes you feel good inside!
I am the current President (2009) of the Greater Midwest Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association. (GMC PCMA) As a leader I am very proud of our chapter’s extremely active community service effort. Biennially GMC PCMA selects a new charity organization to support for a two year term. Our current organization is called H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly)
Founded In 1982, by Michael and Lilo Salmon, H.O.M.E. preserves the independence and dignity of low-income elderly people in Chicago through a variety of direct programs and services. It’s philosophy is to provide quality living situations to disadvantaged seniors in the city, considering them as friends rather than “clients.” Intergenerational living is an innovative concept based upon the idea that the blending of families, students, and seniors in social living activities builds a community that enhances their understanding of one another. To subsidize its housing programs, H.O.M.E. depends on private donations, grants from foundations and gifts from corporations.
This past Wednesday GMC PCMA hosted an event for H.O.M.E. at the Nathalie Salmon House in Rogers Park on the north side of Chicago. Approximately 30 volunteers (including myself) from our chapter treated approximately 50 residents to a reception and BBQ style dinner. All food and beverages were donated/cooked by GMC PCMA members.
I was astounded at the generosity of our Community Service Committee volunteers! Not only did they donate their time and provide food for these folks, but they served the food, provided entertainment, and provided prizes to each attendee as well. It was a very heartwarming experience.
The menu for the event featured Hors d’oevres for the reception (wings, cold cuts, meat balls, chips and dip) followed by a huge feast for dinner. Residents enjoyed their choice of BBQ ribs, Hot Dogs, Fried Chicken, Lasagna, corn bread, potato and macaroni salad and a wide selection of desserts. (Including Dairy Queen Sundaes)
The leftover food was donated to the Nathalie Salmon House and believe me there was a lot of it! The excitement will continue on December 5, as GMC PCMA will host a Holiday Party for these folks!
On behalf of PCMA and the Greater Midwest Chapter I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the entire Community Service Committee and their guests. You hit a home run with this event. All of you went way and above the call of duty with your contributions to this important charity!
Question: Are you or your organization involved in some sort of charity effort? What benefits have you seen come from it in terms of unity in the organization and perception of your brand in the marketplace?