NEW YORK—Text 100 is offering a pilot employee volunteer program in partnership with TechnoServe, a global NGO that benefits thousands of entrepreneurial men and women in developing countries each year.
Text 100 was hired as TechnoServe’s agency of record in February 2008 and provides pro bono PR consultancy to the value of $300,000 annually. The Text 100 employee volunteer program is an extension of the firm’s efforts to provide employees with unique opportunities for professional and personal growth. Employees from Text 100’s 31 offices worldwide who have worked at the agency for at least three years and performed at a consistently high level will be eligible.
Participants selected for the inaugural pilot program will spend eight weeks with TechnoServe on development projects in South America and Africa. They will have the opportunity to help raise awareness and understanding of TechnoServe’s brand, acting as business advisors while sharing skills and expertise with the local project teams. Initiatives will focus on assisting individuals in emerging countries with building and growing businesses, and creating opportunities to generate income for their households and support the local economy.
“Volunteers are an integral part of TechnoServe’s work," says Bruce McNamer, CEO, TechnoServe. “Through this program, Text 100 consultants will provide its expertise in brand building and communications to the entrepreneurial men and women that are establishing businesses in the developing world. At the same time, the volunteers will be exposed to a new culture, and the challenges and aspirations of the world’s poor.”