Welcome inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll inductee ALKU

ALKU_Logo_NEWMass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees are being recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street during National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we will be rolling out an inductee in the days around the event. Today's post recognizing ALKU, located in Andover, MA, comes from their nomination submission.

[caption id="attachment_1376" align="alignright" width="300"]Members from Team ALKU huddle before the 2013 Rodman Ride for Kids Members from Team ALKU huddle before the 2013 Rodman Ride for Kids[/caption]

For the past two years ALKU has actively fundraised in support of MMP. MMP has become our designated charity, and within these two years we have built a very strong partnership with the organization and its executives. ALKU has contributed close to $50,000 in donations during these two years, with most of these funds being collected through our participation in The Rodman Ride for Kids. Each year, employees pool together an ALKU riding team for the Ride and spend months fundraising for this event. Between in office "call-a-thons" and "water pong" fundraising events, every employee at ALKU is responsible and proud to fundraise for the cause. In 2014, we plan to double the annual fundraising goal, and incorporate a year-round fundraising strategy to our business plans.

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignright" width="300"]Dave Tuell and his mentee Dave Tuell and his mentee[/caption]

Employees at ALKU are consistently educated on the mentoring cause and its identified programs. A few of our employees have actively mentored and/or are currently participating in a mentoring program. As an example, employee Dave Tuell works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay where he has developed a very strong relationship with his nine-year-old mentee. We will continue to help recruit new mentors in our community.

ALKU not only supports MMP but is an avid supporter of mentoring overall.
Our executives frequently attend, support and in some cases sponsor mentoring events hosted by MMP, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, to name a few. We have partnered with mentoring organizations in our community to help with things such as mentor recruitment, recruiting strategies, event planning, and direct donations. ALKU also recognizes and rewards employees for their volunteer work and fundraising efforts. We take pride in providing our employees with
opportunities to make a difference and be a part of something larger than our  everyday business.

We also host seminars educating employees on mentoring organizations within the community. ALKU has brought in mentee/mentor matches to show exactly what these organizations support, leading employees to be more engaged in the activities around the cause, and in some cases it has led employees to become mentors themselves. Our marketing executive has placed a high importance on developing relationships with members of the mentoring organizations in Massachusetts. In the last two years she has built a strong relationship and partnership with multiple organizations. This has allowed ALKU to be ahead of every opportunity to engage and support this cause.

ALKU is also furthering our commitment to the mentoring movement by having CEO Mark Eldridge join the MMP Board of Directors.

Congratulations to ALKU being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. To learn about all the companies being recognized, join us at the Corporate Mentoring Summit on Jan. 14. Click here to RSVP.