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Delta Community Credit Union receives three diamond awards from CUNA
March 31, 2015
Former CVC of Atlanta President Whitney Deal honored as a 2014 "40 Under 40"
November 17, 2014
Whitney Deal wants to make sure her work makes an impact.
As director of corporate citizenship for Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Deal created the firm's first employee volunteer program in 2004 and developed IMPACT, the firm's award-winning corporate citizenship initiative that encompasses the employee volunteer program, diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, community leadership and sustainability.
"Kilpatrick Townsend successfully formalized our pro bono program in 2001 and, given the firm's long-standing culture of service, it felt natural to subsequently create the other components of IMPACT so that both attorneys and professional staff had an opportunity to engage in service and also so the firm could be more mindful about the triple bottom line-the social, environmental and economic impact- we have in the communities in which we live and work," Deal said.
Deal also created and managed Freedom Writers, Kilpatrick Townsend's mentorship program at Washington High School. From 2006-2010, she created weekly lesson plans for 75 mentors to use to help improve students' reading, writing, communications and life skills. By the end of the program, 99 percent of the students graduated and received more than $8.5 million in college scholarships.
As a result of her efforts, 64 percent of the firm's attorneys and staff-over 790 people-participated in at least one firm-sponsored volunteer project last year.
Kilpatrick Townsend has been an active member company of the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Atlanta for more than a decade. The CVC of Atlanta supports its members in their strategic commitment to corporate employee volunteerism and civic engagement. Through this membership, Ms. Deal has been actively involved in sharing and learning about best practices in corporate employee volunteerism and civic engagement. Ms. Deal served as president of the CVC in 2010.
This is not the first time that a CVC of Atlanta president has been honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Last year, Bank of America’s vice president and community relations manager, Cecilie Goodman was recognized as one of the 2013 class for Atlanta’s 40 under 40.
“CVC members and their companies are doing amazing things in the community throughout the year,” said CVC of Atlanta executive director, Cheryl Kortemeier. “From homelessness to education to caring for seniors, CVC members are leading the way and making true impact.”
Vacations and Volunteering
By Cheryl Naja, Director of Pro-Bono and Community Service, Alston & Bird LLP
For most people, going on vacation means getting away from it all -- but for many of our CVC members, international travel can provide unique opportunities for incredible volunteering experiences and a chance to have a more authentic visit to a foreign country.
Recently when preparing for a trip to India, I was intrigued by the news stories about India being the first country in the world to enact mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) laws. The new law requires companies to designate 2% of their profits to charitable causes. The more I learned about India, the more I began to think about how to use my vacation as a volunteering experience.
It was much easier than one might think. Armed with multiple guidebooks and loads of website references, it was both surprising and inspiring to find so many references to volunteering opportunities with orphanages or schools. Even more exciting were the opportunities to shop and support local communities through social enterprise businesses throughout the country. The hardest part of the volunteering experience was figuring out which organization to visit. Luckily we had a little help through a travel company and finally decided to spend time at the Salaam Balak Trust (“SBT”) in Delhi. This NGO has been recognized by the President of India for the work they do on behalf of children. SBT has facilities for boys and girls in numerous cities in India. This organization provides housing, social services and an education program for children who have no permanent homes or have run away. As children age out of the program SBT has a job training and placement program to help ensure stability and a solid future for young adults.
In packing for my trip I quickly realized that one of the easiest ways to help would be to pack a suitcase with school supplies. Many of my friends made contributions to help me fill a bag and it was exciting to be able visit the SBT school and give the kids art and school supplies, toiletries and other basic necessities.
India’s new mandated CSR law may not provide a solution to all of the country’s needs, but it is a first step, and the focus on CSR reminds us all that each of us can make a difference - even when we’re on vacation.