While working in Los Angeles in 2010, our company had a great relationship with the Boys and Girls club of Venice. The president basically created a volunteer organization within the company to work closely with the kids who came to the Boys and Girls Club for after-school programs and events. We hosted many events including refereeing for a children’s basketball tournament, teaching resume building workshops, and volunteering at the annual Fall gala silent auctions.
That environment of work, volunteering and play was something that we really valued while in L.A., and we knew it was a model we wanted to follow when expanding to the east coast. For the past few years, MHG Consulting has organized events that have raised money for breast cancer research, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and Operation Smile among other things, but we still wanted to establish a regular working relationship with a local organization whose mission spoke to us.
This summer when we moved our office to New York, a couple of us headed over to the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester, which is just adjacent to our office building. We met with the director to talk about how MHG Consulting could help enhance the Y’s programs such as The Strong Kids Campaign and talked about the different ways we could offer our time and skill set to the center.
Our initial meeting at the YMCA went well and we’re scheduled to meet with the community director again later this summer to continue this conversation. Meanwhile, back at the office, ideas for programs have been pouring out across our company – everything from reffing basketball games and a sponsored golf outing, to helping kids with homework and holding a free resume building workshop. It’s really great to see that spirit of volunteerism resonate within our office culture and we’re really excited about finding new ways to be an active part of this community.