Each year, Globe Education Network (a consortium of institutions including: Globe University, Minnesota School of Business, IPR and several other private career colleges) requires each campus to choose a community service activity in their respective community. Recently, Globe University-Minneapolis closed the campus so employees could participate in the system-wide Community Service Day.
The staff and faculty of the Minneapolis campus volunteered at PRISM in Golden Valley. PRISM is a social service agency that assists families experiencing financial hardship.
This agency has been actively working to help families become self-sufficient for over 43 years. The facility has a large food shelf, a thrift store and offers services including: work transportation assistance, children’s services and job searching assistance. Globe University staff worked in the food shelf deep cleaning, organizing and restocking supplies.
It’s important to understand the purpose of volunteerism. Many small organizations and nonprofits run completely, or depend greatly, on the work of volunteers. The few employees they have may be overworked and paid very little. Needless to say, the work of volunteers is often crucial to their success.
People volunteer for different reasons. For some, it’s an opportunity to help others in need. For others, they may be connected to a certain cause because of personal ties or experiences. Some just want to volunteer because it makes them feel good to help others. Not everyone likes to give back by volunteering. Some may find it more rewarding to give a monetary donation and others may not have an interest at all. Corporate-wide community service days are common for both small and large companies.
For those of us that participated, we had a great time. Even though we were only there for a short time, we worked hard and made a difference.