My RockCorps Experience

I’ve written before about the Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC) program: volunteer for four hours on a project led by a local nonprofit and earn tickets to an exclusive, A-list concert. Two days ago, I drove to Hollywood for my four hours of work.

I chose My Friend’s Place, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Hollywood, for my volunteer site. I was a consultant with the organization a year ago and it holds an indelible place in my heart. Now, working with My Friend’s Place through a different channel, I saw the tangible proof of what I advocate: the business partnership between RockCorps and Boost Mobile directly and palpably impacts this local nonprofit and the youth it serves.

I painted alongside 50 volunteers who drew murals, landscaped and organized the facility to the hum of a RockCorps DJ spinning outside. Afterwards, I caught up with RockCorps CEO Stephen Greene.

Heather Carmichael, Associate Executive Director for My Friend’s Place, talked about what the day meant for her organization.

I did a recent interview with Stephen and asked him how businesses can integrate cause in a fundamental way. Click to listen.

Download CauseCapitalism-RockCorps.mp3

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  1. libby glatfelter June 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    This is So great Olivia—and I got to see you too! Such an insprired idea–I will pass it on. xox libby

  2. Joe July 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Olivia, just discovered your site today and look forward to following your posts! Thanks for including me in your blogroll. Joe (