We interviewed John Mainey, Executive Director of Made4Me to hear his thoughts on the importance of volunteering, and how to get involved. Made4Me is a non-profit located in Raleigh, NC and is one of Greene Resources’ Greene Gives Back partners of 2022. Made4Me works with therapists and the parents of children with special needs to provide them with personalized adaptations (furniture and more) out of industrial cardboard at NO cost to the child or families.
We are so grateful for our partnership with Made4Me!
In your opinion, why is it important to volunteer and/or partner with non-profit organizations?
In my experience, most nonprofit organizations exist to “do good”. Most non-profits are providing a service that either may not be filled via a for-profit corporation, or are doing their best to provide a similar service/product at a more affordable cost. As such, many have limited budgets and therefore often rely on volunteer resources. By volunteering you are enabling that nonprofit to exist. Another key reason why it’s important to volunteer/partner is because of the mission, the “why” the nonprofit exists. It’s important for individuals to discover their own passions in life and then apply those passions to a cause that supports them such as children, health, education, etc.
Why should companies encourage employees to volunteer?
I’m a firm believer that corporations have a responsibility to give back to the community in which they work and live. Corporations are supported by people, and as such a key value of good corporations is understanding and living by a premise they need to take care of their people, employees, families, and their neighbors. In my experience, there are huge benefits for corporations when they allow their employees to volunteer. Employees always want to help their community and in return are grateful to a corporation for giving them the opportunity to do so.
What is the best way for companies to volunteer with Made4Me or other non-profits?
Companies can’t be all things to all people, so they should determine what causes they want to support. Find out from their employees, seek out what’s available in their community, and then reach out to them. In today’s “Google” world it’s fairly easy to do that research. The once they have the cause, and think they have the nonprofit, do your homework on the nonprofit. Visit them, review their website, check them out on CharityNavigator.
Do you have any other advice you would like to share with us?
Doing an effective job as a nonprofit is hard! You do it because you have a strong, unshakable belief in the mission and the mission of the nonprofit. The rewards are immeasurable when viewed from the perspective of the people you are helping. I would encourage other businesses to look at the Greene Resources model of partnering with nonprofits. You do it right by understanding us and then evaluating how best to give of your time, talent, and treasures. Thank you!