At CalPERS we like to give back to our local communities. So, throughout the year, our team members volunteer to support a variety of causes and local charities. Here is a little of what we accomplished at our Headquarters in Sacramento in 2019 and ways you can extend the spirit of giving into the new year.
Women’s and Men’s Empowerment
We have ongoing donation drives to collect clothing for homeless men and women in our community. This year we collected 394 lbs. of clothing for the Women’s and Men’s Empowerment groups. Both organizations help homeless men and women re-establish their lives and get back into the workforce.
Buy One, Feed One Campaign
When grabbing lunch at the CalPERS Café, participants can pay a bit extra for their meal in order to provide meals for homeless children at the Mustard Seed School in Sacramento. Money raised from this campaign makes it possible for our team members to help provide lunch, drinks, and goodie bags for the school.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
CalPERS put together a team for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event benefitting Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE). The team raised more than $1,000 to support WEAVE’s crisis intervention services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in our community.
Are You Looking for Ways to Give Back in 2020?
- Search for organizations in your area. A quick online search can net a wide variety of groups looking for volunteers. You can also head to California Volunteers for a list by county or Lonely Planet, which provides resources to get you started. Senior Corps looks for volunteers 55 and older to address critical needs in their communities.
- Ask around. Your friends and family might know of opportunities that exist that are not advertised online. Maybe a local group needs help with a school garden, or a neighbor could use someone to take them grocery shopping?
- Think strategically. If your end goal is something in addition to the joy of giving back, such as expanding your resume, reach out to organizations that would benefit from your expertise. Offer to help a small business get their Instagram channel running. Or help a nonprofit update their newsletter. LinkedIn can be a great way to match your skills to a need.
- Grab a friend. Volunteering with a partner is more fun, and you’ll help each other stay committed to your new year’s resolution!