FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2015
Presidential Site Awarded First Service Enterprise Certification in Indiana
(Indianapolis, IN) – The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site announced it has just received certification as a Service Enterprise by United Way of Central Indiana and Points of Light. With this designation, the Presidential Site has become part of an elite group of organizations in the United States to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
"The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is honored to be among the first organizations in the country—and the first in Indiana—to be awarded Service Enterprise Certification," said Charles Hyde, President & CEO, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. "This is about organizations respecting their volunteers, and offering meaningful opportunities for service. Our certification speaks to the high caliber of the Presidential Site's volunteers, the richness of our volunteer program and the dedicated service of our staff. I am proud of what this exceptional team has accomplished together, and you can expect even more great things to come."
With support from United Way of Central Indiana, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site completed an extensive assessment and certification process that led to this recognition. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work. Service Enterprises effectively utilize volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations.
Alan Witchey, the Volunteer Center Director at United Way of Central Indiana, said, "We have been impressed by the dedication and commitment of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to create an engaging environment for its volunteers. It was clear from the beginning that they are committed to building on their current successful volunteer program and exploring opportunities to strategically engage volunteers and providing an even more effective, volunteer-powered program. We couldn't be more thrilled and proud that this is happening right here in Central Indiana, and that the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is the first organization in the state to achieve this notable recognition."
For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit www.bhpsite.org/give/volunteer. For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit www.pointsoflight.org.