Meet with a Purpose
Just as voluntourism – incorporating volunteering into leisure travel – continues to increase in popularity, so too does including a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project in meeting and event agendas. Integrating CSR components into events can have far reaching benefits for event attendees, the charity or organization on the receiving end, the host company and host destination. Meeting planners hosting events in Wilmington and our beaches have the option to incorporate several unique off-site CSR projects into their agendas, including:
- Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program (CTRP) – This organization’s mission is to provide quality equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. CTRP’s hope is to increase the quality of life for people with special needs through the use of horses.
- Vigilant Hope – A faith-based charity, Vigilant Hope is dedicated to fighting poverty in low-income communities, homeless camps and shelters. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for groups. The organization also has a coffee business, Vigilant Hope Roasting, dedicated to selling coffee to help fund parts of its ministry. Products are available for purchase by groups.
- Cape Fear Volunteer Center (CFVC) – The CFVC matches volunteers with meaningful service opportunities in the surrounding areas. The organization works closely with event planners to match groups up with timely and appropriate volunteer opportunities and needs.
Meeting and event attendees looking to extend their trip before or after their event and volunteer while they’re in town can check out these organizations located in Wilmington and our beaches: