Kellogg Company Makes an Impact through Skills-Based Volunteering

Submitted on behalf of Laura Olson, Fundraising Manager at United Way of DuPage/West Cook. You may have heard United Way reference the term “the line that connects” when talking about the work that we do. The premise behind this is bringing together needs and available resources in the community. Because of the conversations United Way is involved in throughout the community, we were able to do just that. Kellogg Company, United Way of DuPage/West Cook’s top corporate partner, came to us with a service that their summer Information Technology (IT) interns would be willing to offer to a non-profit agency in need of technical assistance. United Way staff were able to match them up with the DuPage Federation on Human Service Reform, who requested that the Kellogg IT interns work with them on their online training capabilities. In addition to several other programs, the DuPage Federation offers training on veterans affairs. They wanted an easier way folks could access the information and make the training more user-friendly. The Kellogg IT interns were able to take a training manual and convert it into a comprehensive, interactive program. The program was transformed into an online training module complete with instruction levels, voice-overs, interactive examples, and end-of-level quizzes to test the knowledge the participants had just learned. It made the work for everyone involved in the training and certification processes easier and more enjoyable. The Kellogg IT interns, with supervision and guidance from Kellogg IT staff, were able to gain valuable technical and project management experience while helping a local community organization. As a result of the fantastic efforts of the team, Kellogg was nominated and has been named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate. The Computerworld awards process evaluates the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social need. On behalf of United Way of DuPage/West Cook and The DuPage Federation on Human Service Reform, we thank Kellogg Company for their commitment to the community. We are proud of the work that was able to be accomplished. Thank you for being a part of “the line that connects.” This project was a perfect example of the skills-based volunteerism that United Way would like to realize at many of our partner organizations. Many individuals and companies out there have special skills such as technical, financial or leadership skills that they could offer to non-profit organizations who would not otherwise be able to afford such services. If you have a special skill or service and would like to volunteer, please contact Carrie Newton.

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