Raleigh, NC – April 21, 2017 – As the country marks National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), one Raleigh-based company says they’ve found that empowering employees to make decisions about a company’s philanthropic work leads to improved employee engagement and increased charitable giving.

Training Industry, Inc. employs 20 staff at its Raleigh office. It supports organizational giving through an employee-led volunteering and philanthropy program, which empowers team members to make decisions about how the company supports its community.

During National Volunteer Week, the team will coordinate a blood drive for employees and corporate neighbors at the Northchase office buildings (Six Forks Road, Raleigh) in cooperation with the American Red Cross, on Tuesday, April 25. The drive will support the constant need for blood at local hospitals.

Also during this week, Training Industry is partnering with Activate Good to volunteer with Note in the Pocket. Twelve employees will volunteer at the nonprofit, sorting clothing donations for Wake County children in need.

Other ongoing projects include cooking and serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham and collecting donations for organizations including a local elementary school and HANDmeUPs, a thrift store that employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Our corporate volunteer program began with the Ronald McDonald House, a longtime friend of our company,” said Doug Harward, founder and CEO, Training Industry, Inc. “It’s expanded over the last few years as employees have identified other local needs. I’m proud of how the company has developed into a significant supporter of the Raleigh community.”

“At Training Industry, we know that volunteering is an effective way to engage employees,” said Ken Taylor, president, Training Industry, Inc. “Not only does data support this, but our own experience as well, as we’ve seen employees take ownership of the projects that are important to them.”

Training Industry’s giving and volunteering plans for the remainder of the year already include supporting the Ronald McDonald House and sponsoring a family during the holiday season.

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