SMG employees make an impact through Day of Giving volunteer event

Kim Klosak | Nov 11, 2019 Kim Klosak 11/11/19

Most days, SMG is focused on helping clients drive meaningful change in their business—but on November 8, employees were able to drive meaningful change in their community. After the success of SMG’s first-ever Day of Giving, employees had a second opportunity to give back in a big way—and use some of their eight hours of volunteer PTO. The SMG charity cadre selected non-profits that aim to make a difference for the people (and animals) of the Kansas City metro.

One organization deserves some extra recognition this Veteran’s Day. Veterans Community Project (VCP) was founded by a group of veterans in Kansas City to “stand in the gaps of a broken system” and support those who served in the armed forces. They offer outreach services and a tiny-house community, consisting of 49 homes. These houses act as transitional homes for veterans and their families working toward long-term goals, such as employment and permanent housing.

SMG employees, including U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Sales Director John Cirino, spent their afternoon helping VCP put on the annual Heart of America Stand Down event to support homeless veterans.

 “Spending the day supporting homeless veterans hits home for me as a veteran of the USMC. There’s a transition period when you separate from the military that doesn’t always go as planned. Having an organization like the VCP to support those adjusting to civilian life is priceless.”

    —John Cirino, Sales Director & Marine Corps Veteran

SMG partnered with six other deserving organizations for the Day of Giving. Here are a few ways employees spent their time:

  • Planting 25 trees with Bridging The Gap and the Heartland Tree Alliance—with the goal of “connecting environment, economy, and community” through the development of a healthy urban forest.

  • Assembling furniture, testing appliances, and organizing with Habitat for Humanity ReStore—who accept donations of new and gently used appliances, household furniture, and residential building supplies. These items are either used in Habitat for Humanity homes or sold to consumers, with the funds going toward various community projects.

  • Sorting, stocking, and working as cashiers at a thrift store ran by Hillcrest Transitional Housing—proceeds from the thrift store support the operations of Hillcrest, a community program that combats homelessness in the KC metro by providing housing, life skills classes, budget plans, and more.

  • Cleaning and sorting pet supply donations at Wayside Waifs—the largest no-kill animal shelter and pet adoption facility in Kansas City.

  • Neighborhood outreach with Spay and Neuter KC—an organization dedicated to end pet homelessness with preventative services. Volunteers informed the community about available services and educated them on proper food, safety, shelter, and veterinary care for their pets.

  • Sorting donations and creating encouragement cards with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office—employees participated in this on-site event, helping law enforcement organize their inventory of donated items, create hygiene kits, and provide written words of encouragement for the homeless.

Giving employees an opportunity to make an impact in the communities we live and work in is an integral part of SMG’s culture. Special thanks to our charity cadre for organizing another great Day of Giving—we can’t wait for the next one.

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Kim Klosak | VP, Human Resources
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