With five offices spanning the East and Midwest, Boston Financial is diverse. Each office has its unique traits reflective of the area and people, but we come together as one organization. In this way, we’re a lot like a family.
When designing the Associate Volunteer Program, Boston Financial kept this in mind. Our program reflects the needs of the local community yet still aligns with the organization’s broader areas of charitable focus. Sourcing the volunteer activities at each of our locations helps ensure the activities resonate with associates across our organization. Another way we foster associate participation is by enlisting associates to help identify volunteer activities.
For instance, I work in our Rockland, Maine office, and I’m part of an associate team that meets weekly to review volunteer opportunities. The team regularly solicits associates in our Rockland office on their interests as it relates to volunteer activities. The team also meets monthly with management to present our recommendations for upcoming activities.
Earlier this year, the team surveyed associates. Based on their feedback, the team identified five volunteer activities, some of which we’ve already implemented. The goodwill gained among Rockland associates is shared throughout the organization. Associates blog and share photos about their volunteer experiences on our social intranet.
Sourcing the activities locally and sharing our experiences gives us a chance to connect on a deeper level with the local community. To give you an idea, here are some of our recent activities:
Parking Cars For Charity: Each summer, Rockland is home to some of the most renowned festivals along the East Coast. The festivals include the annual two-day North Atlantic Blues Festival; The Maine Lobster Festival, a five- day event attracting over 75,000 visitors; and the Maine Boats, Homes and Harbor show. All the festivals take place along Rockland’s picturesque harbor.
With our Rockland Office right on the harbor, our parking lot is prime parking for the festivals. During the festivals, Boston Financial gives local charities the use of our parking lot. The organizations charge a fee to park in the lot, raising money for their organizations. Boston Financial associates also work the parking lot, helping the organizations park cars and collect money.
Bowling for Kids Sake: Rockland associates engage regularly with the Big Brother Big Sister of Mid-Coast Maine as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Corporately, we also participate in fundraising and volunteer activities with the organization throughout the year. At a recent event, associates bowled to raise money for the organization. At another event, associates collected board games, arts and craft supplies, sports equipment, and card games for the organization’s afternoon school programs.
Giving Back Through the Humane Society: At the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, associates clean, walk and give attention to the animals at the shelter. In addition to our corporate sponsored events, many of our associates volunteer at the Humane Society on their own time.
I like working for a company that empowers its associates to make a difference. It inspires me to do more. Whether it’s giving input on ideas, identifying volunteer opportunities, or giving associates time off to volunteer, we all have a say in how we give back.