Action Teams are the heart of COR’s operations: they make things happen. Each Action Team is composed of COR members who volunteer their time and talents to plan, promote, and develop our organization’s programs and cultivate its network. Catalyze your personal and professional growth as part of an Action Team.
The Membership Action Team cultivates COR membership through regular social and networking programming. The team’s Connect events offer current COR members casual opportunities to build relationships within the organization, while its Activate events provide new and potential members with a fun entree point to the group. Membership Teammates serve as an important conduit from the general membership to leadership, ensuring COR provides its membership with the resources and experiences they seek. The membership team is always available to grab coffee, lunch or happy hour with new or interested members.
COR’s annual signature event Time for Art is a silent auction and gala unlike any other. Attendees bid volunteer hours in exchange for a piece of artwork – winners take their piece home once they have completed their pledged service hours. This event celebrates the Columbia region’s arts, nonprofit, and business communities, offering participants a unique opportunity to give back to the community.
Table for Six is a quarterly networking dinner that connects aspiring leaders with seasoned executives and influencers in the community through structured conversation. At each table, an established leader hosts five guests and guides discussion on a selected topic. This event affords guests unique opportunities to build relationships with local persons of influence. The Table for Six Action Team works diligently to invite interesting and successful hosts to the table at unique venues across the Columbia region.
The team that manages COR’s two talent retention initiatives — Crash Course Columbia and Capture Columbia. COR’s newest and arguably most ambitious talent retention initiative yet, Crash Course Columbia takes recent arrivals to Columbia on an insider’s tour of the city’s local hot spots, hidden gems and burgeoning development. The Crash Course Action Team works with local hospitality partners to plan the tours and manages a group of passionate locals who act as hosts on each tour. Capture Columbia is a program founded by a taskforce of MBLG in partnership with EngenuitySC. The program is an extracurricular program for college students completing an internship in the Midlands that will launch summer 2021.
Volunteerism is at the crux of COR’s mission and values. Our Volunteer Action Team marshals COR membership to support volunteer opportunities within the community. In the past, Volunteer Action Team has rallied volunteers to support partners like the American Red Cross of the Midlands and Families Helping Families. Volunteer Action Teammates help COR members invest their time and talents in impactful ways throughout the Columbia area.
Communications Action Team manages all of COR’s external communications to ensure widespread awareness of COR’s events and programming. Action team members author and disseminate the monthly email newsletter, maintain COR’s website, create and publish content on our social media channels, and manage press releases. Through a longstanding partnership with WXRY, Communications Action Team also promotes community events via The Buzz, a regular radio segment on WXRY FM 99.3 broadcast throughout the Columbia area.
One of COR’s newest Action Teams, the Development Team manages partnerships with community businesses and corporate sponsors. Development Team works to secure revenue for the organization and make our programs possible.