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:
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.