Visit Savannah's corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs inspire meeting planners and their attendees to get involved in the community, give back, and make a difference while meeting in Savannah, Georgia—known for its authentic hospitality and grace and consistently named one the “world's friendliest cities" by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
Attendees are increasingly looking for opportunities to make a difference during their personal and professional travels. By offering CSR activities as part of meeting programs, attendees have a chance to give back to the local community and make a positive impact on the destination.
Examples of how CSR Programs can be incorporated into a meeting experience:
- Partner with local charities and nonprofits to organize volunteer activities for attendees. See below for Savannah-focused activities!
- Offset the carbon footprint of your meeting by donating to carbon offset programs or planting trees.
- Use sustainable and ethical suppliers when planning your meeting. The Savannah Convention Center is a Gold-LEED certified center for their sustainability efforts.
- Encourage attendees to bring reusable items to the meeting, such as water bottles and coffee mugs.
By incorporating corporate responsibility programs into your meeting experience, attendees can feel that they are making a positive impact. Visit Savannah is here to help assist in planning productive and impactful CSR activities.
Savannah is the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordan Low, who founded the city's first Girl Scout troop in 1912. Girl Scouts give back to their communities and work to make the world a better place, and your group can join them in this mission.
Groups meeting in Savannah have collaborated with the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia to write letters and ship them with Girl Scout cookie boxes for soldiers overseas.
During ESTO 2023 in Savannah, attendees joined the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia in pursuing volunteer activities on-site at the Savannah Convention Center. Along their path to achievement, Girl Scouts earned patches, so ESTO attendees assisted in this process by forming assembly lines that put together 4,000 bags containing materials for the Girl Scouts to complete different badge work.
Visit Savannah connects planners with area organizations to help connect their attendees with volunteer activities that benefit the local community and environment. Our destination also provides customization and flexible options to help seamlessly incorporate CSR programs into your meeting. Here are some of the groups you can partner with.
- Sort food and stock shelves
- Pack bags of food for seniors
- Group opportunities to pack boxes of goods that are then delivered to seniors
- Media research
- Media relations
- Diabetes awareness and education activities
- Special event support
- Various fundraisers
- Volunteer with early learning center, before-/after- school and summer programs, adult education, hardening, meal preparation and service, and community events
- Volunteer opportunities include creative and performing arts programs, sports and recreation, after-school tutorial programs, warehouse/thrift stores, and various general needs
- Work with companies and groups and coordinate with a specific impact area that the group is most interested in volunteering with, such as youth, people who are homeless, seniors, animals and the environment
- Volunteer opportunities to work in the on-site gardens, as well as educational sessions and children's activities
- Assist in setting up and working various seasonal events hosted by the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
- Host a drive to collect and donate school supplies for Pre-K through 12th grade children.
- Host a clothing drive and donate gently worn clothes, school uniforms, and toiletries for children.
- Sponsor a child during the holiday season by making a donation, covering the expenses of their wish list, or adopt a family by becoming a Secret Santa
- Serve as a CASA volunteer
- Help residents and staff in the effort to end homelessness in Savannah
- Assist by planting trees, tutoring children, providing meals, fixing a fence or other projects, painting facilities, arts and crafts for families and children, and more
- Volunteer in various ways, including as Crisis Line Volunteers, Hospital Advocates, clerical support, fundraising or staff booths at area events.
- Volunteer activities with flexible time commitments, various activities and safe opportunities.
- Provide support as a volunteer for the “Speak Easy” Support Group, community heating screenings, administrative duties, fundraising and the Sound Start early intervention auditory/verbal program.
The expansion of the Savannah Convention Center builds upon the city’s efforts to go green, with the premier riverfront facility adopting numerous noteworthy initiatives for planning sustainable events.
The Convention Center—one of the first in the state to earn LEED Gold Certification—features energy-efficient and eco-friendly convention spaces and services. The state-of-the-art venue offers a recycling program and fresh, sustainable catering options.
Among the Convention Center’s modern features are water bubbler stations, so attendees can fill up their water bottles and limit the use of plastic, as well as biodegradable disposables.
The Convention Center also has the flexibility to accommodate specific green initiative requests from groups.