Matthew has been a volunteer music mentor at p:ear, a day center for homeless and at-risk youth, where he teaches guitar, music theory, and writes and records songs with the youth. In addition to art, p:ear focuses on building trusting relationships between youth and adults, by teaching them job skills, feeding them, helping them into transitional housing, and assisting them with mental health concerns.
Matthew nominated p:ear to be one of the organizations Compli focuses our efforts on for our new volunteer program, Compli Cares. Members of our Compli team will donate four weekday hours of service periodically for a select charity in the Portland Metro Community. This is a great way for our company to reach out and connect with our greater Portland community. We also look forward to forging stronger bonds within our company, by fostering crossover between our various departments. Indeed, our early meetings have served to spotlight the causes many of us were already supporting on an individual level.
Others of us here at Compli were recently inspired to action by OHSU’s Knight Cancer Challenge, which raised more than $1 billion from over 10,000 donors to end cancer as we know it.
We’re also encouraged by the rise in corporate citizenship everywhere, not just in Oregon. According to The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, between 2011 and 2009, 85 percent of companies formalized a volunteer program; 60 percent of them ramped up donation amounts; and when asked about serving employers who give little or no money to charity, nearly one-third of those interviewed would choose to work elsewhere.
Compli looks forward to carrying on this new global tradition, by reaching out on a local level and making real connections—the kind that begins by making a positive change.