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The Impact of Community Involvement through Acts of Service More than 100 business leaders gathered at LEX 530 event center last week to learn more about Acts of Service, the free platform that connects volunteers with nonprofits. 

According to a press release, Acts of Service Director Michilah Grimes shared an update on the community service hub’s success at the breakfast. The nonprofit reached an important milestone, exceeding its goal of more than 200,000 volunteer hours last year. The breakfast included presentations by Shelley Becker of LoveWay, who shared how critical volunteers are to the success of the special needs therapeutic horse-back riding program. A panel of business leaders also shared their view of corporate social responsibility and the impact Acts of Service has had on their organizations. 

Panelists included Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc., Amish Shah, CEO of Kem Krest and Jon Wenger, president & CEO of Genesis Products. 

“We live in a very generous community where people want to give back and help in any way they can. Acts of Service is happy to help fill the gap and get people connected with needs in the community,” said Grimes, Acts of Service director. Grimes added that volunteers helped save nonprofits an estimated $5.3 million in hourly wages. 

Acts of Service works with businesses and individuals who want to make an impact in their community. Corporations that have joined Lippert in the Acts of Service movement include: DJ Construction, MapleTronics Computers, Press Ganey, MasterBrand Cabinets, Wildman Business Group, Goshen Young Professionals, Goshen College, Genesis Products, Kem Krest, Heritage Financial Group, Welch Packaging, Cintas Team Members, Centier Bank, Interra Credit Union, Brunswick, Gibson, Diligence IT, Smoker Craft Incorporated, Photon Electric LLC, Specialized Staffing Solutions and Hoosier Crane Service Co.

Based on its success, the platform was opened to individuals as well as employer’s so anyone can volunteer whenever they have a spare hour, afternoon or day. The platform makes it easy for nonprofits to post their needs and volunteers to find a cause they’re passionate about and volunteer a time that works with their schedule. For more information on Acts of Service, visit www.ActsofService.com