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Deloitte Connects With Gen Y Recruits on Spring Break

Submitted by: Deloitte

Categories: Volunteerism

Posted: Mar 14, 2008 – 01:09 PM EST

 

Student and Employee Volunteers Help United Way Rebuild Gulf Coast During "Maximum Impact." Deloitte’s Alternative Spring Break Program

NEW YORK, NY - March 14, 2008 -

NEWS FACTS

  • Deloitte and United Way are co-hosting "Maximum Impact.," an innovative Alternative Spring Break program designed to integrate volunteer initiatives into on-campus Gen Y recruiting activities.
  • From March 8 - 14, 80 students from 35 U.S. colleges/universities will work side-by-side with 35 Deloitte employees on a variety of hands-on and skills-based community service projects in Hancock County, Mississippi, a Gulf Coast community devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Demand for a spot in the program far exceeded expectations: more than 640 students applied for the 80 available volunteer positions.
  • Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break enables students and potential recruits to volunteer shoulder-to-shoulder with Deloitte employees, learning from them about careers in professional services and getting an up-close view of Deloitte's culture and values.
  • "Maximum Impact." volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following community service projects:

      - Comprehensive Housing Mapping Project - Since the storm, community planners have been unable to recreate area maps necessary to guide public and private investments back into Hancock County. Volunteers will use their analytic skills to transform the existing data into a comprehensive planning tool that will be used to secure resources to redevelop the community.

      - Human Needs Assessment Project – While there are numerous studies related to the hurricane's impact on property, there is no such single, comprehensive source of information on the impact on the people and their on-going needs. This team will use its technical skills to integrate information into one databank that can serve as a model for other communities addressing long term disaster recovery needs.

      - Housing Development & Repair Project – Volunteers will work on rehabilitating, repairing or building housing throughout Hancock County.

  • In addition to serving as a new and innovative component of Deloitte's recruiting efforts, "Maximum Impact." is a natural extension of the organization's cutting-edge Community Involvement program, which is focused on using intellectual capital to help nonprofits deal with the business challenges that limit their ability to function efficiently and effectively.
  • Most recently, Deloitte announced a strategic new program to establish a formal budget, policies and procedures to support $50 million in outcomes-focused pro bono engagements, to provide in-kind professional services to eligible nonprofit organizations, over the next three years.
  • The partnership with Deloitte is part of United Way's ongoing commitment to rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Now in its third year, United Way's 2008 Alternative Spring Break programs will engage nearly 700 young people in Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.

TREND DATA

  • The percentage of college students who volunteer grew from 27 percent in 2001 to 30 percent in 2006, according to the most recent data available from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. That more than doubles the growth in the adult volunteering rate.
  • According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, college students are twice as likely to volunteer as individuals of the same age who are not enrolled in an institution of higher education (30.2 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively).
  • Participation in alternative spring break programs overall was up about 15 percent in 2006 to 35,000 students, according to the most recent data available from BreakAway, a national nonprofit organization that develops and coordinates alternative break programs.
  • Four out of five Y respondents to Deloitte's 2007 Volunteer IMPACT Survey believe their work-related skills are valuable to a nonprofit and nearly two-thirds said they want to work for companies where they can apply their skills to a nonprofit organization.
  • According to the results of the 2006 Deloitte/Points of Light Volunteer IMPACT study, 77 percent of nonprofit leaders believe that skilled volunteers could significantly improve their organization's business practices.

QUOTES

Attributed to James Jaeger, Managing Partner, Talent, Deloitte LLP:

"Working with United Way to develop Maximum Impact. has enabled us to create a unique program that effectively integrates Deloitte's rich history of community involvement into our innovative approach to Gen Y recruiting. The beauty of this alternative spring break is that it fosters relationships built on a shared passion for making a difference; the student volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more about our people and organization than they ever could otherwise, while allowing us to make a one-on-one connection with many of our future employees. And most importantly, together we will be giving our time and skills to the ongoing rebuilding effort taking place throughout the Gulf Coast."

Attributed to Evan Hochberg, National Director of Community Involvement, Deloitte Services LP:

"Maximum Impact., Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break program is a fantastic illustration of how community involvement can help a company meet a business need like recruiting. Significant numbers of young people identify themselves as volunteers, so what better way to get to know recruits who share our values than by bringing our commitment to the community to the forefront of our recruiting efforts?"

Attributed to Randy Punley, Director, Corporate Sponsorship, United Way:

"The launch of Maximum Impact. Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break program is a testament to the long standing partnership between Deloitte and United Way and the alignment of our shared interest in advancing the common good. Through this program, Deloitte and United Way are able to inspire young people to action from communities across the country. I am certain this new and innovative approach will serve as a model for other companies seeking to attract young people interested in working for a company, like Deloitte, that is committed to improving community conditions through volunteerism."

About Deloitte

As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

About United Way

United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations that advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement to create long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant issues. Living united means being a part of the change. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. For more information about United Way, please visit: www.unitedway.org.

For more information, please contact:

Dana Muldrow Deloitte
Phone: (212) 492-3875
Amanda Williams Hill & Knowlton
Phone: (212) 885-0418

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