Making Your Meeting More Meaningful in Branson

Teambuilding activities containing a corporate social responsibility element can be particularly meaningful to participants and effective in fostering trust and confidence among your attendees. It's no surprise, then, that meeting planners commonly seek projects that leave a positive impact on the destinations where they gather. Branson offers a variety of opportunities for your group to bond while helping the community. Here are just a few:

Branson Senior Center

Seniors are offered a daily meal at the Branson Senior Center, located within the Branson Community Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteering to help the elderly is a popular group activity that fosters feelings of goodwill among participants and the Branson Senior Center is always in need of volunteers. Take your small group to their lunch program and help with cooking, serving and greeting seniors, or even assist with the Meals on Wheels home delivery. Call (417) 335-4801 for more info on volunteering.

Christian Action Ministries

Each year Christian Action Ministries distributes tens of thousands of pounds of food and grocery products to hungry and needy people in the Branson community through its food pantry. The distribution is made possible by regular donations from companies and individuals. Whether it's a bag of groceries or a case of toothpaste, every donation helps Branson-area residents facing poverty and hunger. Regardless the size of your group, a food drive is a simple way to give back to the community. Add some pizzazz to the activity by holding a contest for the largest donation or raffle a prize with tickets awarded for each item donated. Contact Christian Action Ministries at (417) 334-1157 for specific needs.

Jesus Was Homeless

Founded in 2008, Jesus Was Homeless provides meals, employment training and healthcare access to those in need. The organization seeks volunteers for meal preparation and deliveries every Tuesday and Thursday. Groups can also help the organization by donating items from the Jesus Was Homeless wish list, including toiletries and a variety of food items, as well as certain equipment for the program to use. For more information about volunteering or donating items call Amy at (417) 335.0266.

Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society

What could give your group a warm, fuzzy feeling more than cuddling some warm and fuzzy animals? With an adoption center and two thrift stores, the Shepherd of the Hills Humane Society serves the needs of homeless dogs and cats in the Branson area. There are a variety of ways to help the organization, which has an ongoing "wish list" of needed items, as well as special needs that arise every so often. One of the easiest ways to help is by holding a donation drive, asking members of your group to bring cat and dog food, cat litter, laundry soap, toys, collars – even office supplies are appreciated. Your group can also choose to sponsor a particular pet or crate and see your business' or organization's name engraved on a crate-affixed plaque for an entire year. Donations can be dropped off at the Adoption Center. (417) 337-7387 for more information.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede is a popular Branson destination for groups to build comradery while making memories to last a lifetime. Why not stick with the Dolly theme when planning a philanthropic team builder? Dolly's Imagination Library mails high-quality, age-appropriate books to more than 750,000 children each month, improving early-childhood literacy in more than 1,600 communities. To continue reaching even more young readers, the program counts on donations. Why not bring your group together by hosting a Dolly Parton lookalike contest or a Dolly Karaoke night? You can collect a fee for each contest entry or even charge $1 per vote to choose the favorite, and donate the proceeds to the Imagination Library.

National Tiger Sanctuary

The National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit rescue organization that provides a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals. After touring the facility and observing big cats like never before, your group can get involved with this worthy organization through a variety of volunteer projects. From guiding tours to cleaning habitats, every task plays an important role in running the sanctuary and ultimately taking care of the animals. Volunteers participate in gardening, office work, enrichment preparation, ground and habitat maintenance, painting, construction and various other projects. Contact (417) 587-3633 for more details on how to help.
There are plenty of ways to give back to the Branson community and your group will experience true appreciation by these organizations in the Ozarks. Volunteer projects and donation drives are welcomed by a variety of other organizations, ensuring your Branson meeting or convention is fondly remembered by your entire group. Still unsure where to begin? The Branson-Lakes Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau is available to help meeting planners with any questions and can be reached at meetings@bransoncvb.com.

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