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  • Volunteering as a team from your workplace

    Bring your organization together and benefit your local community by organizing a volunteer service project with your coworkers. For extra points, put money allocated for company BBQs or holiday parties back into the community and host a service project instead!

    Setting: Workplace

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    Organization/people involved

    NVIDIA’s Project Inspire

    Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.

    What they did

    In 2001, global visual computing company NVIDIA began directing funds originally intended for their annual holiday party in December toward volunteer service projects that involve employees, their families, and the community. Since then, they’ve hosted “a party with a purpose” on a Friday and Saturday each December. The party-projects impact schools and community farms, among a variety of other local programs.

    How you can do it

    NVIDIA’s Project Inspire is pretty large-scale and takes place annually around the holidays, but their idea can be replicated with any size team and budget and at any time of year.

    Impact

    In 2013, 1,500 people from NVIDIA headquarters in Santa Clara, California contributed over 7,500 volunteer hours to the company’s two-day Project Inspire event. The tradition is now starting to expand to other NVIDIA offices around the globe.

    Project Inspire has become one of the most important events NVIDIA holds each year. Employees are excited to share the values of service and giving with their families and children, and serving alongside members of their work team and other colleagues has been a powerful tool for connecting internally and building stronger working relationships.

    Big Takeaways

    When possible, have volunteers serve directly with people the project will benefit so they can connect directly with the community they’re serving. This will help to impress upon them the real meaning of their service.

    Resources

    Photo credit: NVIDIA

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