As the days grow warmer and longer, some community-minded individuals may want to use their added daylight hours to do some good in their neighborhoods. Here are some ways you can harness the weather for the good of your community!
Volunteer at a kid’s program | With school being out for the summer, lots of programs, camps, and activities are meant to keep kids’ minds active and safe while parents are at work. Weekend camps or day camps can teach kids new outdoor skills and nature knowledge. Vacation Bible Schools offer moms a break while giving Churches an opportunity to welcome new young members. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters or the Girl or Boy Scouts are always looking for volunteers, especially in the summer, to help mentor kids while school is out.
Participate in an outdoor cleanup | When the weather is nice, it’s easier to do fun stuff outside and help keep nature clean and free of waste and trash. Synter Resource Group, for example, sponsors regular highway cleanup activities to help keep our community clean and litter-free. Local parks, woods, and community gardens offer similar activities that always need lots and lots of hands. Slather on some sunscreen and help keep your environment beautiful.
Fairs and Festivals | Parks and recreation departments, as well as various clubs and special interest groups, may hold summertime festivals, block parties, or street fairs. Many are meant to promote a certain cause, raise money for a charity, or simply get people interacting together outside. If you know of one coming up, these sorts of events almost always need volunteers to help run games, sit in dunk tanks, or take pictures for social media. Even older kids can help make sure these events run smoothly by helping to run various activities.
Clear out old clothes | Winter is prime time for simply hoarding clothing you may not need anymore, so summer is a great time to go through your wardrobe and see what clothing doesn’t fit, may not be your style anymore, or simply doesn’t catch your eye like it used to. As you transition your wardrobe over, consider which items never saw a day of wear or has been worn too much and seen better days.
As summertime approaches with haste, many companies and businesses offer special perks that allow their employees to take advantage of the weather. Some offer shortened workdays or more flexible work from home time. Others will tap kegs during work hours every so often and host a barbeque on the premises to allow employees to mingle and relax on company time.
One common and fun way for companies to allow their workers to enjoy the summer is by subsidizing or offering free tickets to local minor league sporting events. From soccer to baseball to hockey, semi-professional sports are big fun for everyone. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider a company outing to your local amateur sports arena:
Supporting Local Business: In this day and age, it’s incredibly important to mind where your money goes and whose pockets it’s going into. Minor league sports are usually locally owned and operated, as are the concession stands in the stadium itself. The majority of the money you spend at a minor league game stays in your town and provides jobs and entertainment. Local businesses have to support other local businesses to survive, and bringing your company to a game will do just that.
Building Community: Unlike pro-games where only mega superstars are invited to sing the national anthem and perform at halftime, minor league games are for the local community. Often, small bands, up-and-coming singers, children’s dance groups, boy scouts, and girl scouts will put on events at the arena and perform for the audience. Bringing your employees out to a game like that will enhance the sense of community as they watch the contributions of other members. Who knows? You may also find yourself in the presence of the next great superstar — Taylor Swift used to sing the national anthem before minor-league baseball games in Reading, PA!
Special Event Nights: Minor league sports will often host theme nights that are sponsored by a nonprofit or cause to help raise both money and awareness for a certain charitable organization. For example, local hospitals will host a game that focuses on children with illnesses. Others may do military or law enforcement support nights. Encouraging your company to rally behind a cause while still enjoying a family-friendly night of fun sports and snacks is a great bonding experience.
As your company thinks of ways for employees to savor the summer together, be sure to consider local semi-pro sports games!
Few charitable organizations make as big of an impact on the lives of countless Americans as the United Way. The United Way of Charleston, South Carolina is no exception to this rule. The Trident United Way is proud to serve the Tri-County area of Berkeley, Dorchester, and Charleston counties in a long-serving effort to empower people to make real differences in the lives of those around them. By focusing on key initiatives such as education, health, and financial stability, the Trident United Way is committed to making real changes in the ways the matter the most through empowerment and encouragement.
EDUCATION: The Trident United Way recognizes that the single most important equalizing opportunity is education. By improving educational resources for all its constituents, the organization can empower and prepare children and adults throughout all stages of life.
HEALTH: In today’s world of rapidly rising health costs, it is more crucial than ever to ensure that all of our neighbors have access to quality healthcare within the parameters of each individual budget. The Trident United Way is committed to teaching people to live healthy lives by enabling access to the resources they need to achieve these goals.
FINANCIAL STABILITY: By encouraging self-sufficiency, the Trident United Way strives to give their neighbors the chance to achieve a high quality of life through the procurement of tools for personal advancement, crisis management resources, and more.
By partnering with a myriad of community organizations, the Trident United Way is the backbone of the pyramid of resources that people rely on to achieve their personal goals. This is truly a collaborative effort, encouraging all members of the community to get involved and make a difference. There are a variety of ways that you can give, including financial donations and volunteer opportunities. Community members can choose to give their time on an individual level or through corporate partnership opportunities. The annual Trident United Way’s Day of Caring is an ideal chance for volunteers to get their feet wet, as hundreds of people come together to make a big impact through a host of service projects throughout the Tri-County metro area. Offshoot organizations of the Trident United Way are the Tocqueville Society, Young Philanthropists Society, and the Women’s Leadership Council.
Synter Resource Group Cares About Our Community
Synter Resource Group was founded to serve the Transportation Industry with a never-ending quest to build better processes. For over a decade, we have brought that same mindset to our community stewardship. Synter is proud to serve in key initiatives for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and we never stop working toward a better future.
We are always looking for opportunities to improve and preserve all of the great things about our community in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
At Synter Resource Group, we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. Our passionate staff has participated in all sorts of outreach projects. Some extend off-site to local schools, churches, or community buildings, while others take place right in our own office! No matter what, we aim to bring volunteer work to the forefront of our business and of our wonderful city, so that we can inspire others to get involved as well.
The concept of community has been woven into the fabric of Synter Resource Group since day one. We know that collaboration is crucial — and this sentiment rings just as true when it comes to building our own company culture. We have worked hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and downright exciting place for our staff to work and thrive. We also regularly organize events like employee cookouts, picnics, and outings.
Synter Resource Group is headquartered in a 28,000 square foot facility in Charleston, South Carolina. We are the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company serving the transportation and logistics industry in North America. Synter was named as one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2012. We were also recognized in INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2016 (list pending) and in the South Carolina Top Workplaces 2017 program.
Organizations Synter has Partnered With:
- United Way
- The Greater Charleston First Tee Organization
- Adopt a Family Christmas campaign
- Angel’s Touch
- St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital