BendBroadband asks employees to choose Holiday Giving program beneficiaries

BendBroadband asks employees to choose Holiday Giving program beneficiaries

LocalDogGivingHeaderBendBroadband takes pride in its long history as a community benefactor. This year, the company is asking its employees to help select the principal recipients of its Holiday Giving program.

BendBroadband has invited employees to explore nonprofit candidates through a scavenger hunt.

The Local Dog Giving Game kicked off on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day. The grassroots observation is a day to celebrate “love for humankind” – in other words, giving, volunteering and charitable engagement.

Building on the national movement, BendBroadband associates will be the stewards of the company’s 2014 Holiday Giving program.

The “game” is simple. The scavenger hunt unites up 12 local nonprofit organizations with over 260 local employees at BendBroadband. Each BendBroadband employee chooses six organizations from the list. Employees are encouraged to visit the organizations on their own time, tour facilities, ask questions and get involved.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn firsthand about the many of the nonprofit organizations the company partners with,” said Sonja Donohue, community relations manager for BendBroadband.

Donohue selected organizations that would broadly appeal to BendBroadband associates. She also looked for nonprofits that would provide engaging and memorable visits.

“The nonprofits are thrilled and honored to be a part of the program,” Donohue said.

The nonprofits selected to participate in the Local Dog Giving Game include Bethlehem Inn, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery. (See the full list below.)

“It really shows the breadth of BendBroadband’s community partners,” Donohue said. “It includes some of our high-profile partners as well as the many smaller community organizations that also benefit from the company’s giving program.”

The program is a win-win for BendBroadband employees and the non-profits. The employees get to see the good that comes from the company’s corporate giving program, and the nonprofits stand to gain volunteers, advocates and much-needed cash donations.

“It’s a great opportunity for the nonprofit organizations to connect with potential donors, volunteers and even future board members,” Donohue said. “Volunteer time from employees is as impactful to nonprofit organizations as getting a cash donation from a company.”

BendBroadband’s employees will select the principal beneficiaries of the 2014 Holiday Giving Campaign on December 17. In addition, each of the 12 nonprofits will receive a donation for taking part in the game.

The Local Dog Giving Game is a part of BendBroadband’s Holiday Giving program. Last year’s beneficiary was Bend 2030, an organization working to implement action plans for housing and economic vibrancy. In 2012 the recipient was the Madras Aquatic Center.

The scavenger hunt includes a social media component. The participating nonprofits are posting photos to their Facebook walls and linking them to BendBroadband’s page.

Participants in the Local Dog Giving Game:

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