In 2004, the Association for Volunteer Services invited a select group of successful and socially concerned businesses to become charter members of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Lebanon (CVCL), a division of AVS. The CVCL was launched at a Press Conference on June 28 under the patronage of the Minister of Economy and Trade, His Excellency Mr. Marwan Hamade. Currently, the participating companies are:  Casper & Gambiniís, Ernst & Young, Gezairi Transport, Lebanese Canadian Bank, and Marriott Hotel.

The CVCL is a coalition of local business corporations who either have active employee and retiree volunteer programs or are interested in initiating such programs.  It has the following objectives:
Training.  AVS will provide corporate members with initial training in the professional development of corporate volunteer coordinators to develop and manage their corporate volunteer programs.
Support.  AVS will continue to provide support to corporate volunteer coordinators in terms of providing information about volunteer opportunities and helping to solve problems related to volunteer recruitment and management.
Networking. The CVCL will provide a forum for companies operating corporate volunteer programs to exchange information about their experiences in corporate volunteering, air problems and consider solutions appropriate to Lebanese society and culture.
Promotion.  The CVCL will encourage other companies in the community to start corporate volunteer programs.
Community Needs Identification. The CVCL will provide a forum where member companies can learn about community needs for employee volunteers and noncash resources.  This information can be transmitted through a CVCL Newsletter or Bulletin Board, or when the CVCL invites a local nonprofit agency to present information on its need for volunteers during a regularly scheduled CVCL meeting.
Joint Projects. The CVCL will provide a way for member companies to work together on a community need or problem that is too large or complex for one company to handle alone. The project can be subject-oriented (e.g., a food drive, cleanup, or fixup project,) can concentrate on a community-wide recruitment drive urging employees and retires to join their corporate volunteer project, or target a serious social problem that needs the combined resources from many sectors of the community such as hunger, homelessness or AIDS.

The CVCL is currently engaged in a campaign to collect books for public libraries in Lebanon called Lebanon reads! Click here for more information.

If you are interested in having your company join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Lebanon, please contact the Association for Volunteer Services: 01-800170, 01-797247, 03-757098, avs@avs.org.lb.

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