Rockville, MD –The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) celebrated corporate volunteer service at its Annual Awards Luncheon held today.
Each year at the event, the CVC-MC recognizes one small, mid-size and large member business for their dedication to the Montgomery County Community. The businesses - chosen by a CVC-MC board ad-hoc committee - selected have demonstrated a true passion for corporate volunteerism.
The 2014 Award Winners are:
- Small Business – DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors: DeLeon & Stang’s mission includes “…improving the financial lives of our clients, our staff, and our community with integrity, trust and innovation.” They report that their Corporate Social Responsibility/ Volunteerism Program has changed their staff’s view on volunteering. They are willing to participate in group events to better our community and share their stories to motivate each other. Through community service they have fostered a great camaraderie within the firm strengthening their culture and furthering their team building.
- Mid-Size Business – Honest Tea: Giving back to the “communi-tea” where they live and work is an important part of the culture at Honest Tea. There are many ways they help to create an engaged workforce that supports organizations working on a variety of issues – from creating healthier environments to encouraging play at school. Throughout the year, each employee is provided 2 personal volunteer days, outside of vacation and sick leave, to volunteer at an organization of their choice. By providing two dedicated days away from work responsibilities, Honest Tea hopes that employees will find opportunities to give back to the mission(s) that matter to them and their families
- Large Business – Enterprise Holdings: Enterprise's community service program stems from the causes their employees, customers, and business partners passionately support. There is a culture at Enterprise in which is each employee is expected to attend at least one volunteer event in order to be promoted into the management level, although they find very few employees stop at just one. As the number one employer of recent college graduates (those coveted millennials!), Enterprise finds it imperative to set the foundation for their employees to give back throughout their careers. The importance of giving back to the community begins with their founder, Jack Taylor, and transcends to all 30,000 employees across the country.
- Andrea Jolly President's Award – Will Schroeder: The Andrea Jolly President's Award is presented to one organization or individual, chosen by CVC-MC President, Michelle Day, for outstanding service. Day chose William Schroeder of Shulman Rogers as the 2104 recipient for his commitment to serving the community and 10 years of service on the CVC Board of Directors. During his tenure on the Board, he served as the organization's first General Counsel and began a two-year term as President in 2011. He has been a strong voice on the Board articulating and executing upon the strategic plan and vision of the CVC. During his tenure as president of the Board, Shroeder saw the CVC double membership; hire full-time staff member and later create and fund the Executive Director position; and help to establish the Circle of Leadership and Workforce for Good Service Projects programs, where he can frequently be seen with his daughter Keira who enjoys serving the community with her dad.
In additon to the annual awards, this year the CVC presented an Exceptional Service Award to outgoing Board member Theresa Testoni as her six and a half year commission from the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism ends.
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) educates businesses on how to partner with and support non-profit organizations by helping create successful volunteer/charitable programs that positively impact the business, its employees and the local community. To learn more about the CVC-MC visit them on the web at cvc-mc.org.