Every year the sign-up sheets go up on the wall and quickly overflow with signatures.
What gets iovationeers so motivated? Our annual volunteer day! Last week we descended on the streets of Portland and headed out to seven different nonprofits. Giving back to the community is something we all feel is important here at iovation.
“As iovation has grown, we've chosen to stay in Portland's vibrant downtown core. But we also know that it takes hard work to make Portland a great city; it doesn't just happen on its own,” said Vice President of Corporate Development, Jon Karl. “There are many charitable organizations in Portland who are doing some of that hard work by providing a caring and helping hand to those in the community who have been less fortunate. It was incredibly rewarding for our team to work with, and learn about, those groups. I know that I came away very moved by the experience that I had at the Children's Book Bank, and that others were equally inspired by the other charities they worked with.”
At the end of the day, employees came together to share their experiences and talk about the work being done by each nonprofit. There was a definite sense of excitement among employees as they talked about their experiences.
“The question that kept coming up was how soon can we do this again,” said Director of Human Resources, Lisa Hillyer. “One of the things I love about this opportunity is that it brings our employees together across sections. People who don’t normally interact with each other through their daily work get a chance to get to know each other a little better.”
Over the last two years this event has been so popular with employees, and so supported by leadership, that iovation is looking at how to expand volunteer opportunities. It’s obvious that iovationeers come away with a greater sense of community and an appreciation for the services available for those in need.
Here’s a list of the nonprofits where we volunteered this year. We owe a big thank you to each one for letting iovation contribute to their work in our own small way. Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our volunteer day.
Janus Youth provides mental and physical health services as well as meals, clothing, education, and temporary housing for homeless youth and victims of human trafficking in the Portland area.
The Children's Book Bank
The Children's Book Bank envisions a society in which all children, regardless of means, are surrounded by and experience books during their early years of development.
Free Geek recycles and rebuilds donated computers to give to schools and individuals in need in the community.
Village Gardens runs a working farm on Sauvie Island that teaches urban youth how to grow food and provides fresh vegetables to low income families.
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless/ transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and lead more meaningful and healthier lives.
New Avenues for Youth
New Avenues for Youth provides a variety of outcome-based programs and services designed to empower youth to exit street life and lead healthy, independent lives. The New Avenues model ensures that each youth has the opportunity to build life-skills, establish a stable living environment, and eventually become a self-sufficient adult.
The ReBuilding Center
The ReBuilding Center repurposes the region's largest volume of used building materials. The Center coordinates the donation of materials to Habitat for Humanity and low-income communities, in turn promoting sustainable building practices.