Local businesses professionals gift organizations with spirit of volunteerism
Many nonprofit organizations in our community need to grow and expand their services, but lack a vital component to do so. Perhaps they need some financial planning, a web developer or the help of an IT guru. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to connect nonprofit organizations with local business people willing to volunteer their time and services?
Kelly Krueger, executive director of The Get Together-Bay Area, says that the need for these services in our community led to a reproduction of the original Get Together organization, which has been operating in Houston for 10 years. “We had our very first lunch meeting at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay in September,” says Krueger. “We thought maybe 30 people might accept our invitation. We had 99 guests! We were just floored by the response.”
The Get Together-Bay Area has selected five local Christian-based nonprofits to benefit from their outreach: Lighthouse Christian Ministries in Bacliff, Anchor Point in League City, Hope Village in Friendswood, Galveston Urban Mission in Galveston and Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Pasadena. They are connecting local business experts to these organizations to help them move forward with their missions. “This community is full of experts who can provide guidance with so many different needs,” Krueger says.
Kim Morris, executive director of BayTech, says that he knows many people in the community want to help, but don’t know the needs. “The great thing about the Get Together is that they make known the specific needs of each organization they’re helping, so it really helps us see exactly what we can do for them,” he explains. “We see that in many cases, these organizations just need to be connected to someone who can help them get the items or services they need, and that’s what we’re here to do for them.”
Morris says that BayTech is offering itself as a source of considerable connections to the business community. “At the last meeting, we saw we could meet two of their needs,” he says. “One of the organizations needed some legal advice, so we made a recommendation, and another one simply required some locking file cabinets in order to comply with HEPA privacy requirements. Cabinets are a small thing, but it could have cost them hundreds of dollars, which is substantial for a small nonprofit. We were able to make a call to someone who could donate their locked cabinets.”
Morris says BayTech is one of many local businesses happy to lend a hand. “I really believe in these organizations,” he says. “We’re all very happy to help.”
To see the “Needs List” of The Get Together-Bay Area’s chosen nonprofit organizations, or to reserve your seat at their next luncheon, visit www.thegettogetherbayarea.org.