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The Value of Volunteering: Why Giving Back is an Investment

Volunteering is a great way to be selfless, and it’s also a boon for your team. Through volunteering, you’ll see long-term benefits for retention and productivity. And when you go virtual, you’ll save on travel and hotel costs. In fact, the value of virtual volunteering can’t be overstated. It’s an investment in your company that will set the stage for future growth and connection.

Here are 3 reasons remote volunteering is more than worth the price.

The Value of Volunteering

Cut Travel Costs

In order to volunteer in person, you sometimes need to travel. But traveling expenses can quickly add up when your employees live far away. Plus, some opportunities are costly solely because they take place over several days. Fortunately, remote volunteering allows all your employees to contribute from home more easily and at a reduced price. 

Decrease Turnover

One of the most expensive costs for a company is related to turnover, which can add up to millions of dollars a year. Fortunately, remote volunteering has been shown to decrease turnover by bringing employees together and giving them a purpose. When a team feels better connected, they’re more likely to stay together and grow with their company. In turn, that company will spend less on hiring new trainees—and money saved is money earned.

Improve Productivity

Happier employees are more productive employees. And one of the easiest ways to improve employee engagement is by volunteering. Volunteers feel better supported and more connected. And when their volunteering takes place remotely, they can reach a larger number of charities and nonprofits. Plus, by utilizing their talents and time toward causes that matter, employees will have more energy and enthusiasm to put back into other work projects.

Final Thoughts on the Value of Volunteering

Doing good makes a team feel good; generosity is its own reward. But there’s another benefit to volunteering, which comes in the form of monetary value. Supporting a charity allows you to meet corporate social responsibility goals while keeping employees motivated and happy. 

If you want support in planning your own virtual volunteer event, reach out to Generus today!

 

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Work and the Loneliness Epidemic: Battle Isolation through Volunteering

Lonely employees are unproductive employees. And sadly, employees are lonelier today than ever before. Work and the loneliness epidemic are linked, and the shift to remote work has made it even harder to build and sustain bonds. But that doesn’t mean your team can’t come together and connect. In fact, through remote volunteering, team bonds can grow even more powerful.  

Here are 3 ways remote volunteering can combat the effects of loneliness.

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

Improve Morale

Poor morale is an obvious side-effect of loneliness. Humans are social creatures, and we crave connection and purpose. But when we lack a positive team dynamic, we can feel unsupported and alone. On the other hand, when employees work toward something that matters to them, they feel heard and appreciated. In turn, morale improves and your team becomes closer and more engaged. 

Decrease Turnover

When an employee feels disconnected from work, they’re less likely to remain with their company. And it’s easy to feel disconnected when you never see or meaningfully interact with your team. Fortunately, remote volunteering offers a solution. By volunteering together, your employees will bond over shared goals and purpose. In turn, they’ll feel more like a team, which will make them less likely to seek a team elsewhere. 

Build Company Culture

If your employees don’t know each other, it’s impossible to build company culture. But when employees volunteer together, they’re actively building up a culture of accountability and support. In turn, your company will gain respect for its values, which will make recruiting top tier talent easier.

Employees want to work somewhere that cares. And when caring is part of your company framework, you become that much more appealing to new hires.

The Solution for Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

Connection combats loneliness, and it’s easy to connect over remote volunteering. If you want to help your company come together as a team, reach out to Generus today.

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Welcome to Our New Site!

New Year, new Generus! We’re excited to announce the launch of our new site, generus.com. What better way to start off 2021 than with a new logo and layout? If that already has you excited, great! But it’s only the beginning.

Here are some other things you can expect from Generus in 2021 and beyond:

Weekly Updates and Communications

If you want to know about Generus’s latest news and events, we have good news: starting this year, we’ll be providing weekly updates to our blog and social media channels. If you have a question, we’ll be there to answer it. And if you want to learn more about how we can help your company, check out our client stories and testimonials. We’re in the business of helping companies, co-workers and communities connect, so let us show you why we’re the best addition for your team.

New Charities and Events

Generus is always looking for new causes to support, and in 2021, we’ll be working with new charities and hosts, which means new experiences for your company. If you want to recommend a charity, email us! And if you have ideas for other events or ways we can help, we’d love to hear them. This year is all about taking things to the next level, which will mean more giving, more engagement, and more meaningful events.

Streamlined Volunteering Opportunities

We can’t go into detail, but we have some neat ideas for the upcoming year that will make remote volunteering even easier and more rewarding. Keep an eye out on our social channels to learn more about what Generus has in the works.

If you’re reading this blog post, it means you’re already on our site, and that’s a great first step! The next one? Browse through our client stories and about us to learn more about how you, too, can be Generus.

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Bring Your Corporate Holiday Party Into Focus

Times may be unclear but you can still virtually gather employees in a meaningful way this holiday season. Paint for refugees, cook for neighbors, or build toys for kids—all online.

“Working with Generus is a dream. They are geniuses at figuring out the most minute details that will make a project be both meaningful and efficient,” said Janika Dillon, Director, Au Pair Weekend.

 

Each Generus virtual holiday gathering lasts 1 to 2 hours. All supplies are provided—complete with return mailing labels–allowing your employees to virtually:

 
  1. Connect: build team spirit and personal connections with ice breaker games
  2. Learn: understand how the event’s charity tie-in makes an impact through firsthand accounts
  3. Give: create something to benefit the charity—usually started and finished within the time of the event.
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Fighting Isolation With Video Visits

This post was written by Generus Founder and CEO Jamie Larson and was featured on the NCOA blog

 

Fighting Isolation With Video Visits

 

Many older adults, especially those in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, are unable to have visitors because of the pandemic. My company, Generus, invites you to join us in creating uplifting and inspiring virtual stories for anyone not receiving visitors right now. We call them “Video Visits” and they are now a YouTube library of 1-3 minute personal messages from community members sharing a story, a song, or a how-to. They are incredibly heartwarming no matter what age you are but we have many requests and need more stories from older adults. We hope you will consider helping us by telling your story on video and viewing the videos community members have made for you.

 

Why Video Visits?

 

When people ask me why I started this initiative, I tell them about my grandmother who cared for me in my early years. I was so excited when she would get home from work and we would drive around the local “Tasty Freeze” for Coke and french fries every afternoon. She walked to work every morning before the sun came up so she could leave early in the afternoon to take care of me.

 

With the separation necessary during COVID-19, it seems like anything we can do to help each other feel connected and loved is worth it. It might be a simple thing recording a little message, but in individual homes, in senior care facilities, and nursing homes we are hearing more and more how much people appreciate these thoughtful endeavors. In memory care units in particular, medical staff tell us Video Visits are helpful when residents see themselves on film, see family members on film, or watch any video that triggers a memory for them.

 

Please join us and share a memory that might be helpful and brighten someone’s day or watch these videos by typing into your web browser: bit.ly/MyVideoVisit. The playlists offer lots of choices. Don’t miss the videos from high school and college students around the world that helped make this initiative possible.

 

Make your own Video Visit

 

Here’s how to get involved if you are interested in volunteering to create a Video Visit of your own:

  1. Record a video on your phone (horizontal position)

  2. Then from your phone, open a web browser and go to www.Generus.net and click “VideoVisit”

  3. There is a link that says To Share: “CLICK HERE”

  4. Then you just select your video and that’s it.

 

If you do not have a phone with video available, you can also email us at contact@generus.net and we can schedule a call over Zoom to record your video.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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MassChallenge Rhode Island Announces 2020 Cohort

This article (and image) is courtesy of MassChallenge. The original article can be found on the MassChallenge website.

30 early-stage, high-impact startups to access global network of support and resources. Two dates set for the public to connect with the new cohort online.

 

JUNE 2, 2020 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, today announced the 30 early-stage startups invited to participate in the 2020 MassChallenge Rhode Island program. Selected by a community of more than 100 expert judges, this year’s cohort is extremely competitive and represents the top 10% of applications from around the world. “Congratulations to the 30 incredible companies accepted into our 2020 cohort,” said Hope Hopkins, Managing Director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. “MassChallenge has a longstanding mandate of empowering entrepreneurs – this year, that mandate is critical: we look forward to working with you closely and ensuring that you are successful agents of progress.” “Hasbro is excited to partner with MassChallenge Rhode Island again this year.  As a homegrown Rhode Island company where innovation is our lifeblood, we understand the needs of startups and how important access to the mentorship, funding opportunities, and curriculum are to help these startups set roots and grow,” Brian Chapman, President and Head of Global Design and Development, Toy/Game/Consumer Products at Hasbro stated. “We are excited to help them connect here in Rhode Island and look forward to working with these startups in developing their businesses.” At the beginning of the year MassChallenge set out to meet top startups around the globeas for this year’s program. Since March, the program’s world-class network of investors, serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives, academics, and more have evaluated the Rhode Island applicants based on each startup’s ability to demonstrate high impact and high potential in their fields. The cohort selected for this year’s Rhode Island program represent:

  • 3 Countries

  • 5 Industries

  • 37% High Tech

  • 30% Healthcare/Life Sciences

  • 13% General, Retail and Consumer Goods

  • 10% Energy/Clean Tech

 
  • 10% Social Impact

  • 56% of startups have a female founder

A Focus on Blue Tech

To accelerate the tools and technologies that could transform how we understand and leverage the power of the ocean, MassChallenge Rhode Island is taking the lead in launching MassChallenge’s Blue Tech track.  This pilot highlights a new focus area for the program that will help select startups from across our US-based programs explore, develop, and deploy new technologies that will help us harness the power of the ocean. It is MassChallenge’s goal to bring together maritime leaders with startups that have the ideas and tools needed to deepen our use of the ocean including aquaculture, ballast water, defense and security, fishing, logistics and supply chain, marine pharmaceuticals, and more. Participants will have access specific experts in the local Blue Tech space including government organizations, research and development centers, and innovation groups. Addressing COVID-19 To mitigate the public health risks presented by the novel coronavirus, MassChallenge Rhode Island’s 2020 accelerator will begin virtually and plans to transition to a hybrid of digital and in-person programming when the organization can ensure the health and safety of its community. Participating startups will engage in an evidence-based curriculum designed to address key challenges across the early-stage lifecycle and will receive unrivaled access to experienced mentors, a global network of experts, top corporate partners, and more – all at zero cost and for zero equity.   The public will have two opportunities to connect with the cohort the first is during the MassChallenge Virtual Startup Showcase on July 16 and 17 and the latter at the  2020 Awards ceremony to be held in October. . More information and RSVP details will be shared on the MassChallegne website when the accelerator kicks off later this month. 2020 MASSCHALLENGE RHODE ISLAND COHORT High Tech BCube Analytics (Massachusetts, USA): Remotely managing customer documents, audit & compliance. NextPet (Massachusetts, USA): Solving the lack of centralizing and sharing pet data by modernizing pet licensing and building a global pet registry. NextBurb (Massachusetts, USA): Zillow for professionals working from home Bitreel (Massachusetts, USA): Taking your in-store experience online using augmented reality. StoreyLine (New York, USA): Offering turnkey retail solutions for emerging online D2C brands to reach consumers offline without the hassle at a fraction of the cost. Mount (Massachusetts, USA): A scooter management platform run through our software + hardware that helps reduce scooter companies’ operational costs by the millions. Nautilus Defense LLC (Rhode Island, USA): Building advanced textile and composite-integrated systems for monitoring high-value assets and their environments. Hop Financial Solutions (India): HOP is a cross-border neo-banking platform with the ability to ‘Operate’, ‘Send’ and ‘Spend’, conveniently and economically, globally. NAORIS (London, UK): A holistic cybersecurity blockchain-based ecosystem which can detect known and unknown threats – cyberweapons in milliseconds. Mindcoord (Massachusetts, USA): Providing cloud-based interactive animation media services. Providing an ecosystem for animators and studios. Retail MarketPoint (Rhode Island, USA): Retail MarketPoint is a real estate technology company specializing in retail site location analytics. Healthcare / Life Sciences bosWell (Rhode Island, USA) Luminent Health LLC (Massachusetts, USA) Crosscope (California, USA): Building virtual microscope for pathologists and researchers to leverage machine learning and cloud based platform to enhance pathology workflows, accelerate image analysis and support collaboration.

Video Bridges (Massachusetts, USA) : Connecting seniors with their loved ones in a way that is empowering and allows them to perform daily tasks independently. ResusciTech (Rhode Island, USA): ResusciTech aims to give everyone the confidence and capability to perform CPR anywhere and take action during medical emergencies. Simply Speak (New York, USA): Restoring humanity to the practice of medicine by leveraging conversational-AI. VISIT (Rhode Island, USA): VISIT is a social/cognitive subscription activity kit that guides relationship-building between a caregiver and a loved one with dementia.

Flare (Pennsylvania, USA): Flare is a smart wearable device that can predict eczema flare ups. My MOC, Inc. (Rhode Island, USA): Making continuous education simple for healthcare clinicians. Energy / Clean Tech Power2Peer (Massachusetts, USA): Giving access to clean, resilient energy sourced from community micro/nano solar grids.

Geyser Remediation LLC (DBA Aqualumos) (Connecticut, USA): An integrative system for water utilities to destroy per-and polyfluoro alkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water cost-effectively. GC USA (Rhode Island, USA): Combining graphene and aerogel to make the strongest, lightest, most resilient products ever – enhancing the quality of life. General Resprana (New York, USA): Empowering people around the world to own their air with better products to protect users against pollution and allergen exposure. Artist Republik (Rhode Island, USA): Artist Republik is a centralized network for independent artists to network, manage, market, book, and grow! Traveroo Inc. (Rhode Island, USA): Letting tour-guides create self-guided audio tours which travelers can then buy and experience.

LapSnap (Rhode Island, USA): The LapSnap is the only collapsible shopping basket specifically designed with and for wheelchair users. Social Impact Generus (Massachusetts, USA): Providing Virtual Volunteering programs for companies to keep employees connected and empower good corporate citizenship. Nurture (California, USA): Nurture is co-living for families. We rent houses in areas w/ great schools & short commutes, then sublet bedrooms to 2-3 families we match. Inventing Heron (Rhode Island, USA): A web-based career resource that takes a radically personal and empathetic approach to career discovery.

MassChallenge Rhode Island Partners AMICA, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, FM Global, Hasbro, JP Morgan, MITRE, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

About MassChallenge MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,400 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $6.2B in funding, generated more than $3B in revenue, and created more than 157,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at masschallenge.org.

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Volunteer Now: Make-A-Video for Seniors and Shut-ins

Generus is helping senior care centers and non-profits like Meals on Wheels by gathering pre-recorded video ‘visits’ during this unprecedented time. Go HERE to learn more and share your video.
 

So many seniors are isolated and would enjoy hearing and seeing you share something you enjoy. Whether it is a song, some poetry, art you’ve created or maybe you can solve a Rubik’s cube in record-breaking speed. Show us your garden. Or your collection. Make it something you love. And tell us why. Amateur or professional – all are welcome.

 

Please help us by making a video and/or sharing on social media. Find our Generus Video ‘Visits’ for Seniors YouTube channel HERE. In addition, we will be promoting participating artists (including a Featured Artist program).

 

For each 3-5-minute video:

  • Introduce yourself and share your story

  • Share something you enjoy (music, art, poetry, Rubik’s cube, gardening, etc.)

 

You will retain all your rights to your artistic property.

 

Interested in participating? Go HERE to learn more and tell us about yourself. At the end of the form, you’ll get a link to upload your video.