BVU Business Circle Membership

Do Good While Doing Business

A BVU membership designed for local, small, or medium-sized businesses to engage your employees, develop leaders, and build new relationships.

All while strengthening your community.

BVU connects businesses and people to meaningful volunteer opportunities with Northeast Ohio nonprofits.

Your support for BVU helps hundreds of Northeast Ohio nonprofits fulfill their missions, while we help you connect, educate, and consult. Join us today and your organization and team will have a stronger impact on our community.

CONNECT: Connect to volunteer opportunities to make a difference in your community while engaging your employees.

EDUCATE: Access free and discounted seminars and events on community issues and more.

CONSULT: Receive community engagement consulting with a BVU Expert to assess your employee and community engagement priorities.

Business Circle Membership Benefits

Member companies are invited to engage their employees, build their network, and learn about their community through BVU’s educational events and volunteer projects. These opportunities are open to ANY employee of a member company.

CURATED VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

FREE AND DISCOUNTED SEMINARS & EVENTS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY SESSION

A member-exclusive list of Team volunteer projects to make volunteering with your employees easy and impactful available. Available via BVU’s Volunteer Center.

Exclusive and discounted access to BVU events and seminars, designed to educate you on critical community issues while inspiring you to take action.

A BVU Expert will assess your company’s employee and community engagement priorities and provide strategies to achieve them

Why Join the BVU Business Circle?

Volunteer, network, and learn with Northeast Ohio businesses and nonprofits to engage your employees while making a difference in your community.

How will joining help my business?

Increase employee engagement and retention through connections and volunteerism.

Who will my employees meet?

You will grow your network by meeting civic-minded business professionals just like you.

How much does membership cost?

The annual cost of a Business Circle Membership is $500 per year.

Membership Details

BVU connects your business with volunteer opportunities, educates you on critical community issues, and consults on community engagement strategy.

CONNECT

CURATED TEAM VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

BVU ACTION DAYS

BVU’s Volunteer Engagement team curates a list of volunteer opportunities perfect for working in teams, available on an exclusive members-only page called the Project Hub on our Volunteer Center. As a Business Circle Member, you may browse and sign up at any time, hassle-free.

BVU Action Days are designed for BVU members to network while giving back to the community. Projects include our large-scale Homeless Stand Down, an outdoor summer volunteer project, and much more. Each are paired with a webinar on the issue because we believe that by understanding your community, you will make a bigger difference.

EDUCATE

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS WEBINARS

Community Connections is a series of virtual webinars on critical community issues helping you understand our community. Each is paired with a BVU Action Day so that before you volunteer, you can find a deeper understanding of the issue.

ALL BVU EVENTS & SEMINARS

CONSULT

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY SESSION

Receive an annual 60-minute community engagement consulting with a BVU Expert to assess your employee and community engagement priorities.

Access the knowledge, expertise, and experience of BVU to help you get the most out of your community outreach, philanthropy and employee engagement. We work with you to understand and design a strategy and policy recommendations that enable you to make a greater impact in our community.

Volunteerism Is Good For Business

Volunteer, network, and connect with other Northeast Ohio business professionals.

  • Are you a thoughtful, committed business?

  • Do you agree that civic engagement is fundamental to both a healthy community and a vibrant workplace?

  • Do you wish community engagement was easier?

 

BVU turns your good intentions into action.

What People Are Saying

{We got connected to the Cohen Cares team through BVU. The group supported grounds work, assembled picnic tables, reorganized admin spaces, made kits for homeless seniors and much more. This team’s efforts made for an impactful day of team building. We’re so happy to share our mission with these corporate volunteers and appreciate the effort and time the group put into our work.
Wendy Chaney
Operations Director, Fairhill Partners
{Business Volunteers Unlimited has been an incredible resource for our nonprofit organization. Through their team’s coordination, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has welcomed several corporate volunteer groups to maintain outdoor areas and assist with special projects this summer. Thank you to BVU for connecting us with passionate individuals and helping the Center share our mission.
Morgan Paskert
Marketing and Development Coordinator, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
{My sincerest thanks on behalf of the team for the opportunity to come out and work with at the Old Brooklyn Community Garden. It was great to be able to step away from the normal day-to-day work stuff, and spend some time bonding as a team and with the community. And in the process, we discovered an absolute gem of a place that very few of us even knew existed! Thank you to BVU for making the connection. We hope to get out and volunteer at the garden again in the near future.
Steve Comer
Hyland
{I thought the Homeless Stand Down was great and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it.  Kudos to BVU and your staff for the fantastic work on this event. It was a great way to give back to the community. I appreciate the opportunity to have been able to be there and see it for myself.
Marc Merklin
Partner, Brouse McDowell
{We are all facing so many difficulties in our society, business, and economy but gathering to volunteer with my team really helped remind us of what’s important. The day of service strengthened connections between staff members and left us all feeling inspired. It was amazing to meet and support passionate people who make the world a better place. We are still talking about it — lots of people are going to go back to the organizations and continue to volunteer.
Bill Priemer
President and CEO, Hyland
{BVU has typically organized a volunteer project for us every year, but 2021 was different. After nearly two years of the pandemic and remote work, we were anxious to do something in which all our partners could participate outdoors. BVU coordinated a Lake Shore clean-up project at Edgewater and Bonnie Park for our team. It was a delightful day of camaraderie and community. This afternoon of engagement with colleagues helped our team transition during our return to office. It reminded us that we are at our best when helping others – which is part of our client service commitment at Northern Trust.
Michael Cogan
President and CEO, Ohio, Northern Trust
{BVU set up a fantastic clean-up project at Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio. Our team of 25 Hylanders were able to collect about 20lbs of litter. While giving back in general is a great thing, doing so in your community makes it that much better!
Joseph O'Brien
Sales Support Intern, Hyland Software
{Thank you and the team for being so great to work with yesterday. The impact you all made on those two homeowners and their yards was dramatic and I know they were most grateful. We too are very appreciative of your support and eagerness to volunteer with us in the community.
Ian Andrews
Executive Directory, LakewoodAlive
{BVU makes it easy for small nonprofits, like RePlay for Kids, to reach volunteers. Their services of coordinating team events and connecting us to local business is invaluable and allows our small staff to focus on our mission of increasing the availability of adapted toys to kids in need.
Natalie Wardega
Director of Operations, RePlay for Kids
{Every year we do a Done-in-a-Day volunteer project called Fields for the Future. This is a project where our employees volunteer their time to renovate and beautify a baseball field in the City of Cleveland. BVU does a lot of behind-the-scenes work for us to set it up so that when we go out there that day, it’s really easy for people to engage and just get into the work and have a great day.
Rebecca Kodysh
Executive Director of Community Impact, Cleveland Guardians

We connect passionate people with opportunities to serve.

Ready to make a difference?

Join the BVU Business Circle today

Engage your employees while making an impact