SAN RAFAEL – Volunteer Marin, a program of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Center), is teaming up with Silicon Valley Bank to make a difference in the lives of military personnel at two, different service projects this fall. The projects will benefit Vietnam veterans from the North Bay Veteran’s Resource Center (NBVRC) and troops who have recently returned from combat who receive support from The Pathway Home (TPH).
On Saturday September 7th, 2013, volunteers from Silicon Valley Bank-Wine Division (SVB) in Santa Rosa will work to improve the NBVRC Hearn Veteran’s House garden and facilities. NBVRC’s services, developed by veterans themselves, connects Vietnam veterans to employment and training programs, counseling, and legal services that help improve quality of life. On Friday October 4th, 2013, volunteers from Silicon Valley Bank-Wine Division (SVB) in St. Helena will be working with The Pathway Home (TPH), a Yountville-based agency that provides comprehensive treatment for our Nation's troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. TPH offers a safe and supportive environment for veterans to overcome a variety of obstacles including Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other post-combat mental health challenges.
The Center is a HandsOn Network Affiliate of the National Points of Light Foundation and the only Affiliate in the North Bay to deliver corporate service projects that engage employees, benefit companies, and strengthen communities through Corporate and Business Service Programs. The Center’s corporate project services have recently been extended beyond Marin to include Sonoma and Napa and guides businesses through the often unfamiliar territory of volunteer service project planning. The Center’s volunteer program, Volunteer Marin, works in tandem with other departments which offer capacity-building workshops, consulting services, executive searches, fiscal sponsorship, and an array of other services to nonprofits and individuals.
This volunteer and community-building effort is a part of SVB’s “30 Years | 30 Causes” initiative, developed after the company crowd sourced ideas from its employees to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. SVB’s 1,650 employees, in more than 30 cities across the US and internationally, will volunteer for nonprofit organizations in their local areas throughout the remainder of the year.
“Our people are as driven to support meaningful causes as they are to support our clients, so it came as no surprise that they said they wanted to give back,” said Greg Becker President and CEO. “We know that positive change starts with individuals. We’re looking forward to giving our employees an opportunity to collectively make an impact where they live and work.”
SVB opened its doors in the heart of Silicon Valley in 1983 to lend startup capital to companies that other banks thought were too risky to invest in. Today, SVB provides commercial banking services, industry knowledge and a vast global network of connections to companies of all sizes in the technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine industries.
Silicon Valley Bank Website: http://www.svb.com/
The Pathway Home Website: http://thepathwayhome.org/
North Bay Veteran’s Resource Center: http://www.vietvets.org/nbvrc.htm
Volunteer Marin Website: http://www.volunteermarin.org
For nearly 50 years, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (Center) has promoted volunteerism, strengthened nonprofit organizations and enhanced community leadership to develop a vital and engaged community. As a voice for the Marin nonprofit sector and a resource hub we offer an inclusive membership program for nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals, with unique professional development and networking opportunities. The Center fosters and facilitates volunteering with programs like Volunteer Matching through one-on-one interviews, the Flexible Volunteer Program, and mobilizing emergency volunteers in the aftermath of a disaster. The Center also organizes community-wide events like the Heart of Marin Awards volunteer appreciation event, the Marin Designers Showcase, and the Marin Human Race, the largest collaborative fundraiser in the county.