Commitment to disaster response and relief programs is an increasing priority for corporate responsibility and community development programs. This is due to the frequency and severity of natural disasters that have occurred in the United States and around the world. In just the past five years, we have witnessed catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. In addition to donating money and resources, employee volunteer programs represent significant benefits and opportunities for corporations. In addition to providing financial donations and in-kind support, employee volunteer programs enable companies to cultivate more personal links to the community by sharing human talent with organizations in need.
Elevate Destinations is offering disaster relief employee volunteering and/or sponsorship opportunities in Haiti and the Gulf. Their programs provide communities with funding, resources and human capital, enabling concerned citizens to engage in urgent service and life-changing experiential learning.
Elevate Haiti: Jacmel Community School Volunteer Build-out March 20 - April 3, 2011; August 14 - 28, 2011; and November 20 – December 4, 2011.
Port-au-Prince Boy’s Home Rebuild March 20 - 28, 2011; August 14 - 22, 2011; and November 20 – 27, 2011 Non-profit Partner: St. Joseph’s Family
Elevate the Gulf: April 22 - April 30, 2011 Non-profit Partner: The Ocean Foundation
There are opportunities to be involved in several ways:
- Sponsor a volunteer trip. By supporting a volunteer trip as a Single Trip Sponsor, Series Sponsor or a Top Sponsor, you support a local community project as well as a group of volunteers already committed to hands-on disaster relief. You commit to the recovery of a community in need by providing needed resources to the project and offsetting the costs that devoted volunteers take on to participate.
- Send employee volunteers. When you support your employees’ desires to engage in volunteer experiences, you not only commit to disaster relief, but also commit to building a team of loyal and dedicated employees. You have the opportunity to send one or more of your employees on the trip of the lifetime as a Single Trip Sponsor, Series Sponsor or a Top Sponsor.
Additional information about the sponsorship benefits and costs is attached, along with a link - http://www.elevatedestinations.com/urgentservicesponsor.html.
Elevate Destinations is a social enterprise with expertise in travel organizing and humanitarian issues. Elevate’s staff have extensive knowledge of international sustainability development issues to ensure that each service opportunity is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable for the long-term. Elevate Destinations custom designs extraordinary individual, group,and family trips, donating a percentage of profits to the protection of natural resources and community development in destination countries (www.elevatedestinations.com).
Elevate Destinations Press and Recognition:
Travel + Leisure – November 2010 “Best Life-changing Trips” Haiti: Help Heal A Nation Los Angeles Times – June 2010 “Haiti: Volunteer vacations to help rebuild quake areas”
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