As a result of Skip to the Strip, the
ADA raised more than $3,000 for Las
Vegas’ Opportunity Village’s dental program. Opportunity Village is Nevada’s
largest employer of people with dis-abilities, serving the needs — including
dental care and education — of 1,700
individuals and their families daily.
In addition, the ADA committee runs
a charity raffle in conjunction with its
annual staff appreciation luncheon. In
2011, more than $14,000 was raised
for a local dental clinic. The SRC also
regularly participates in the WTTW
phone-a-thon to support public television.
Benefits Gained, Lessons
While the ADA Chicago office employs
400 staff, the social responsibility com-
mittee concept can be adapted to any
size or type of organization. Benefits
• Providing a bonding community and
an opportunity for employees whose
paths might not otherwise cross to
• Presenting a forum for employees to
learn new skills;
• Providing a way for employees who
want to do something altruistic but
may be unsure about next steps; and
• Developing organization-wide pride.
Lord and ADA Membership Division
• Request bulletin board space —
electronic and/or in the coffee
room—to post committee news.
• Avoid projects that are primarily
religious or politically based.
• Don’t limit activities to end-of-year holidays. Good causes need
• Make it easy for volunteers to
• Provide a way for those who cannot work the event to still support
it such as donating food for the
Greater Chicago Food Depository
• Keep committee activities and
events fresh and incorporate
• Budget for T-shirts, event signage
and items such as pedometers
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• Identify an enthusiastic champion — ideally the CEO or a
senior manager — at the beginning.
• Communicate often to build
awareness and bolster involvement.
• Before launching a project, draft
a detailed proposal so it can
be checked by legal, human
resources and any other department that may need to review it.