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VetCTAP Prepares Our Military Heroes for Today’s Workplace

San Diego is “America’s Finest City”, and a great military town. However, it often surprises people that San Diego County has one of the highest Veteran unemployment rates in the country.

More than 240,500 veterans reside in San Diego County, making it the third highest population of veterans in the United States…Yet, here and elsewhere, veterans experience significant challenges when they transition from the battlefield to civilian life, especially when it comes to rejoining the workforce.
San Diego Workforce Partnership 2016 (SDWP).

November celebrates Veteran’s Day and corporate Giving Partnerships is pleased to highlight one organization making a difference for our heroes.

Veteran Career Transition Assistance Program (VetCTAP)

VetCTAP grew out of the personal military-to-civilian transition of Sandra Fichter, (US Army Officer) who is a Human Resources professional. As Sandra reviewed resumes from transitioning veterans, she became frustrated – knowing that many qualified individuals would not be selected for jobs because they lacked the knowledge to communicate their strengths and skills through their resumes.

“Job search skills were the only thing veterans were missing,” says Sandra. “They met or exceeded the qualifications, but they needed to know the rules of the game to be able to win.”  So Sandra took action and recruited other HR professionals, who collectively created a popular job search workshop series for members of the military as part of their transition to civilian life.

VetCTAP is a part of JBS Transition Experts, a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation. Sustained by corporate and individual donations, grants, and in-kind contributions, all of the services and materials are provided free to veterans.

Classes are offered in Carlsbad, and Rancho Bernardo, CA, and there’s always a waiting list to attend. VetCTAP has sustained a 90% success rate of graduates obtaining the career of their choice. “We specialize in working with a uniquely underserved population – those who have served 10 or more years in the military. We also encourage spouses to attend who are seeking employment,” said Janis Whitaker, Executive Director.

The innovative and interactive 8-module series focuses on resume development, networking techniques, interviewing skills, and more. Topics assist participants to successfully identify and translate their military skills for application in the civilian job market.

Hundreds of participants complete the rigorous training and obtain meaningful employment so they can comfortably provide for themselves and their families. In November 2017, VetCTAP will celebrate its 50th successful workshop series!

The organization lives up to its motto: “Preparing Our Heroes for Today’s Workplace”.

If you are interested in learning more, VetCTAP offers opportunities to:

•    Share your expertise and help our veterans succeed in their transition to the civilian workforce
•    Network with these men and women, and other professionals
•    Meet qualified job candidates, and promote open positions
•    Be part of a significant change in the lives of those who have served

Hands-on assistance is needed to help with resume development and with mock interviews with service members and spouses. Please contact corporate Giving Partnerships, or Betsy Sheets, Program Manager of VetCTAP for more information: e) betsty@vetcap.org t)  858.831.8667.
For other donation opportunities or ways to get involved, please visit www.vetcap.org.

By |2018-04-25T05:56:32+00:00November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VetCTAP Prepares Our Military Heroes for Today’s Workplace

REINS -Therapeutic Horsemanship Brings Joy, Empowerment, and Confidence to Children and Adults with Disabilities

REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs & Strengths) Therapeutic Horsemanship Program provides therapeutic riding activities to disabled children and adults in Southern California. Founded in 1984, the mission of the organization is to support the physical, mental, and emotional health of disabled children and adults with therapeutic horse related programs.

REINS, located in Fallbrook, CA provides therapeutic riding to over 200 disabled children and adults weekly from all over San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. Annually over 8,000 lessons are provided. Students range in age from 2 to 90 and the organization is proud to serve a variety of disabilities, including  ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, PTSD, Brain Injuries, Autism, and Paralysis. Autism is the number one disability that served at REINS

Growing amounts of evidence show that therapeutic horsemanship has many benefits, including better use of limbs, stronger speaking ability and respiration, improved balance and coordination, increased motor skills, and increased self-esteem.

“Everyday at REINS we see the changes that this program makes in the lives of our students and their families”, says Deborah Shinner, Executive Director.” Here is a story from one of our REINS mothers about the effects of riding on her daughter.”
My daughter, Raelynn, has been riding at REINS for the past three years. Rae has suffered from PTSD for years. Before she came to REINS, she was unable to socially function in outside settings such as school or doctor appointments. The team at REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program has helped Rae grow into a secure and confident nine-year-old. She can now look people in the eye and shake their hand. Rae can also now hold a conversation with both kids and adults.”

Corporate Giving Partnerships is committed to bringing our readers and clients quality volunteering opportunities. REINS relies heavily on volunteers to help keep their program running efficiently; they are the heartbeat of this life-changing program.

More than 500 volunteers deliver 20,000+ hours of service each year to REINS and the organization is always happy to have people to help. No horse experience is required-there are many jobs at the ranch to keep volunteers busy. Volunteers are used in lessons as side walkers and horse leaders. They also help in the barn area to help tack and groom horses and assist in special events.

For more information on volunteering please visit www.reinsprogram.org or contact CGP for group opportunities.

REINS has some exciting community events coming up in the next few months. Come as a guest- or learn more about working as a volunteer.

October 14, 2017 – join the Annual Country Hoedown. This magnificent community event draws over 800 guests. Among the many festivities, guests will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, live entertainment by The Clay Colton Band, a silent auction, carnival game area, and riding demonstrations by REIN’s very own riders!

On May 5, 2018. REINS will host Horses, Hats, & Hope, A Kentucky Derby Party. Attendees will enjoy catered southern fare, mint juleps, a bourbon bar, race day raffles and live Jumbotron screening of the Kentucky Derby. Win, Place and Show prizes for each race and awards for Best Hat and Best Dressed Gent.

Tickets and Sponsorships are still available for both events online at www.reinsprogram.org or call Kim at 760.731.9168.

By |2018-04-25T05:56:32+00:00September 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on REINS -Therapeutic Horsemanship Brings Joy, Empowerment, and Confidence to Children and Adults with Disabilities

15 Ways We Can All Help the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

There’s an abundance of opportunity to contribute and help Houston and its surrounding communities during this time of crisis…

As those in Texas and parts of Louisiana are still grasping with what the the long journey ahead will be to recover from Hurricane Harvey, we’re highlighting some nonprofits that are based in their local communities. A special thanks to the Daily Kos for the list below. Of course the American Red Cross is always a good choice, but if you’re looking for other ways to help, one of these charities may be for you.

  • Texas Diaper Bank
  • SPCA of Texas
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
  • Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Galveston County Food Bank
  • Coastal Bend Community Foundation
  • Nueces County Community Action Agency
  • Houston Diaper Bank
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend
  • Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
  • Food Bank of Corpus Christi
  • Gulf Coast Humane Society
  • Galveston Island Meals on Wheels

Click here to learn more.

Everyone at Corporate Giving Partnerships send our heartfelt support and concern to those impacted by this storm.

By |2018-04-25T05:56:33+00:00August 29th, 2017|Featured NonProfit, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 15 Ways We Can All Help the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

7 Considerations to Develop a Successful Employee Volunteerism Program

Engagement is pivotal to the success of productivity. It plays a significant role in corporate marketing, philanthropic and human resource strategies. According to a study by Dale Carnegie 54% of employees revealed they felt more engaged as a result their company’s contributions to society. The 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey which studied millennials who participated in workplace volunteer activities, uncovered they were twice as likely to rate their corporate culture as very positive. Volunteerism has a role in any corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. The following may help in the design of yours.

1. Get Your Leadership Team on Board

  • Even in volunteerism, programs cannot succeed when leaders are not supportive, engaged, or perhaps have their own agendas. Spend time to bring leadership into the values and benefits of building a program from the inside out.
  • When it comes to hiring practices, managers often feel pressured to hire aggressive “takers”, assuming they’re the real go-getters. Managers who realize value and commit to hiring “givers” can receive an enormous boost to their department’s productivity. To learn more about this concept, read Give and Take, by Adam Grant.

2. Cultural Shift

  • “What you are is where you were when”, said Sociologist Morris Massey. Generational perceptions, work-style differences and personal experiences influence how employees approach a volunteerism program. Provide employees with a variety of custom tailored resources and opportunities that appeal to a wide array of people.
  • Enthusiastic employees are influencers. Empower your employees who volunteer. Use their passion and storytelling to invite others to participate. These champions should ultimately lead the program. Corporate culture transforms when volunteerism becomes intrinsic.

3. Mentor Your Volunteer Champions

  • Mentoring increases engagement, enthusiasm, confidence, and teamwork.
  • Mentoring volunteers inspires new leadership within the organization.
  • Mentoring can be done both formally and informally.

4. Build Brand from the Inside Out

  • Connection with community that is encouraged and supported by the employer is natural win-win. Engaged employees will build your brand in a variety of measurable ways, including higher productivity and better customer service.
  • Volunteerism lets employees build personal skills and connections outside of their normal job requirements, which grows brand loyalty.

5.   Rethink Team Building and Social Events

  • Instead of a round of golf or other activity, use volunteerism as an opportunity to team-build with a vetted cause.
  • When asking for a donation of time outside of normal work hours, make activities family friendly. This provides employees with opportunities to teach their children and/or share an experience with their spouse or partner.

6. Storytelling

  • Use corporate volunteerism as an opportunity to evangelize compelling stories. Incorporate into your marketing programs to attract new customers and inspire higher levels of talent, especially among millennials.
  • Empower and encourage employees to share their stories. Find creative ways to promote volunteerism stories including social media, marketing, events, newsletters, lunch and learns, apps, etc.

7. Measure

Benchmark and add analytics to document your company’s progress. Consider measurements between those that volunteer and those that don’t such as:

  • Skill development
  • Employee turnover
  • Team productivity
  • Talent recruitment
  • Absenteeism
  • Job satisfaction

Every company has the opportunity to deepen engagement through contributions to society. Volunteerism requires strategy and thoughtful implementation. What steps has your company taken to build engagement through employee volunteerism?  We’d love to hear from you.

Karen Knight, is the founder of Corporate Giving Partnerships (CGP). CGP is a consulting firm that helps companies to achieve cultural and financial benefits through corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through executive coaching, workshops, employee volunteerism and cause marketing, CGP equips companies with the tools they need to leverage strengths and create dynamic engagement. To learn more, please email engage@cgpartnerships.com or call 760.717.9685. ©2017 Corporate Giving Partnerships

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By |2018-04-25T05:56:33+00:00April 24th, 2017|Employee Volunteerism, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 7 Considerations to Develop a Successful Employee Volunteerism Program