Last month was a culmination of many things: the shortest month of the year, the first phase of big projects, the kick-off of the New Year. Do you feel the burn, yet? We do!
At TeamBonding, last month was the culmination of the largest Operation Military Care event in our history. Toward the end of February, our hallways were stocked with supplies, our teams kicked into high gear (over the weekend!) and our hearts were filled with gratitude. If you want to give back to the community as a team, we’re right there with you!
As you know, it can very stressful when you’re asked to put in extra hours at work. Time is a valuable asset that should be managed with a healthy work-life balance to stay happy and productive. Some leaders are great at rewarding and motivating their teams when they’re asked to go above and beyond. Some teams feel empowered by the extra work they are getting done, pushing toward their annual goals. Other times, a project itself is a reward. When you’re really lucky, all of these things are true.
Operation Military Care is a team building program that builds team spirit and camaraderie while participants assemble care packages for our soldiers overseas. Teams must work together in order to “purchase” 40 of the most requested items of overseas service members and piece together the packages in small groups. In 2013, over 1,400 care packages were donated to various non-profits throughout the year.
LA and NYC Team Building
This February, TeamBonding planned two events – one on each coast of the US – culminating in a donation of over 1,600 care packages to a single non-profit called Operation Gratitude. Approximately 1,800 care packages have been donated through TeamBonding’s Operation Military Care program in 2014, already exceeding donations in 2013.
“On behalf of the soldiers, I would like to thank you for your support. To have people we don’t know express appreciation by taking the time to send us a package and a note means a lot to us.” M.A. – SSG SECTION LEADER
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Since its inception, over 1,000,000 care packages have been shipped to American Military members and their children through Operation Gratitude.
We are so grateful!
A HUGE thank you goes out to our clients, our event managers, our facilitators, our event staff, our headquarters team as a whole, the local post offices and our vendors for making these events and these donations possible!
Are you looking for a way to give back through team building? Operation Military Care is a great program whether you’re located in NYC, LA or virtually any part of the country. If you have a military care package story to share, we’d love to hear from you.
What happens when you find yourself, and your employees in a work rut? Don’t worry, it’s pretty common. That’s why TeamBonding is here! When you don’t have anything new, inspiring, or challenging happening in the workplace, you may find you and your employees in a work rut. Let’s talk about these 4 tips for getting out of a rut at work!
Virtual Reality Now Available As A High Tech, High Touch Team Building Event Let’s travel in time back to the ’90s when Virtual Reality now known as VR concept was just a thought? There were some prototypes, but unfortunately, they were far from becoming a reality. The only VR devices that were on the market by that time were heavy, huge machines that weren’t portable at all.
I can get inspiration from anywhere but I never thought it would be from my neighborhood fast food place. Truth is, it’s not just my neighborhood restaurant, McDonald’s is one of the most successful worldwide brands and they just introduced a similar strategy to my company. Maybe they were inspired by us?
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
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