Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is focusing on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the 2018 World Education Congress (WEC2018), scheduled for June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. These initiatives will support location charities and help create a methodology, which meetings all over the world can emulate in the future. The scheduled programs include the following:
Conference Supplies for Teacher’s Treasures
Attendees will have the opportunity to donate leftover papers, giveaways and supplies from previous conferences and events to assist local students and teachers in Indianapolis. Teacher’s Treasures helps more than 2,400 teachers from 250 schools each year get the school supplies their class needs.
Food Drive for Second Helpings
Second Helpings works with hotels and other entities to take unserved food and distribute it through 85 organizations within the local community, serving around 4,000 meals per day. The unserved food from WEC18 will go directly from the convention center caterer to Second Helpings, so attendees don’t have to worry about bringing canned goods or other unperishable food items.
Paint Fest with the Foundation for Hospital Art
Since 1984, Foundation for Hospital Art has been committed to brightening the walls of healthcare facilities around the world. WEC2018 attendees can lend a hand by painting panels of murals that will be displayed at local Indianapolis hospitals.
Children’s Books for the Julian Center
Participants are invited to bring children’s books that will be donated to the Julian Center. Located in downtown Indianapolis, this shelter helps families affected by domestic abuse and other life crises.
Makeup and Apparel Items for Dress for Success
Dress for Success Indianapolis helps women looking to rejoin the workforce put together professional wardrobes that will help them gain employment. WEC18 is asking attendees to donate accessories such as mascara, knee-high hosiery, inexpensive jewelry, small purses and cell phone cases (new or gently used).
Cheeriodicals Team Builder and Donations
The Cheeriodicals initiative will combine teambuilding with CSR by encouraging WEC2018 attendees to create and deliver gift boxes for patients at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and the Riley Children’s Hospital. The gift boxes will include stuffed animals, crafts, toys, puzzles and children's magazines – all of which will be supplied onsite by Cheeriodicals, a national corporate team building company focused on philanthropic events benefiting children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, veteran’s hospitals and other charities nationwide.