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Create purpose and connection among your attendees. Express your clients’ brand values by organizing a volunteer experience at your next meeting or event.
In the capital area, volunteer opportunities abound with a host of non-profits, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and cause-driven organizations that can align well with your group or client’s mission. Activities can range from packing school supplies for local kids, joining in an environmental cleanup or even working as a volunteer at a charity run. If your clients’ organizational culture includes a focus on social responsibility, many local Arlington non-profits have activities that might be a good match for your attendees.
Engage in uniquely Arlington volunteer opportunities such as making honor visits to grave sites or laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Or help wildflowers and native species return to an Arlington habitat by removing invasive plants in a group cleanup. Meaningful volunteer sessions, give-back events and unique service opportunities will resonate directly with your attendees and can strengthen relationships among teams.
If adding a service project to your agenda would enhance your meeting goals, here’s how you can find the Arlington volunteer activity that’s right for your group:
On-site volunteer projects might be a good fit for meetings held in hotel space. You could create cards of inspiration for hospital patients at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where injured military members recuperate. Or coordinate with local organizations that assemble and donate care kits and emergency kits for a community in need.
How do you give back during meetings and conferences? Show us your project on social media using #stayarlington. And find out even more teambuilding ideas in Arlington.
Photos courtesy of Volunteer Arlington.
Author: Kathleen Murphy