Our annual Volunteer Day on June 20th made firm history impacting 14 nonprofits in the Kansas City area, the largest number to date. For staff members, it’s their favorite day of the year. The firm shuts down, we head out to local organizations, roll-up our sleeves and get to work. No task is too big or too small.
Volunteer Day is part of MarksNelson’s award-winning Marks of Kindness program, which centers around serving and connecting with our community. Through donating our time, experience, and resources, we strive to make a positive impact and spread kindness.
Staff members are involved in the process, including nominating nonprofits and choosing the locations at which they wanted to volunteer. This year MarksNelson partnered with Alphapointe, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC, City Union Mission, Cornerstones of Care, Habitat ReStore, Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Hope Faith, Junior Achievement of Greater KC, KC Rescue Mission, Operation Breakthrough Sherwood Autism Center, and Sleepyhead Beds.
At the Martin City Habitat for Humanity Restore, employees processed paint, doorknobs, furniture, and rugs to go out for sale. “Your group played a vital role in the profitability of the ReStore,” said Volunteer Coordinator Ken Strickland. Their work “impacted approximately $26,000 a month in sales, and the volunteer hours converted over to $1,000 in payroll.”
Across the city at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, MarksNelson employees spent hours cleaning. In all, they sanitized ten areas, which is vital to the safety of the immune compromised cancer patients staying at the lodge. Employees at the other 12 locations processed bedding for children in need, performed landscaping and yard work, cleaned out pantries and made beds at area homeless shelters, painted fences, and played games with children.
To increase the impact of Volunteer Day, the firm held two separate donation drives the week leading up to the event. Staff members jumped into action after seeing a plea for help on social media from Hope Faith. Its clothes closet for the homeless was nearly bare. When MarksNelson employees arrived on Volunteer day, they were carrying bags filled with over 200 items ranging from shirts to pants, to shoes and belts – all collected in a matter of days.
The second donation drive centered around combating what’s known as the “summer nutrition gap.” With schools on summer break, many children don’t have access to free and reduced meals at school. MarksNelson partnered with Jewish Family Services to help fill their two food pantries with items specifically for kids. Employees brought in 75 pounds of food as well as donated financially through our Marks of Kindness Foundation.
Our team is already preparing for next year. Erin Hanavan and Amanda Kumma-Reeves, managers in our Assurance Department, are the masterminds behind the event. They're looking at ways to expand the impact and reach further into the community!
Want an up-close look at what goes on during Volunteer Day? Check out our videos posted to the firm’s YouTube Channel.
Help us continue to make an impact in Kansas City and beyond. Donate now to our Marks of Kindness Foundation.