Margie Biggar: Want to feel at home in your new community? Volunteer!

by | Jun 28, 2018 | Featured Bloggers, Networking & Connections

Margie Biggar

Executive Arrangements prides itself on the diversity of interests, hobbies, and passions represented among the staff. Each person brings a unique perspective and knowledge base to the table, which we then share with recruits and new hires to help them find their lifestyle here in Northeast Ohio.
One sure fire way to find your lifestyle in your new home is to volunteer. You’ll learn so much about your new community and make friends with similar interests. Plus, it just feels good to make a positive impact.
Several members of our EA staff are volunteers extraordinaire; but, this post highlights one staffer in particular.
Margie Biggar has been with EA since 1997. She works as a Guide, a Project Manager, and as the Director of Employee Engagement. Margie is a lifelong Clevelander with a passion for a variety of local non-profit organizations. If we have a recruit or new hire looking to volunteer, Margie is our go-to-person to guide them in the right direction! Here are some samples of her involvement. Her dedication to our community will probably inspire you to get involved!
Margie has been involved with the Vocational Guidance Services and Sunbeam boards for the past 30 years. VGS is a not-for-profit vocational rehabilitation agency that serves persons with disabilities or other employment barriers.
She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland School of the Arts, where she has been involved in development and governance. CSA is a specialty arts school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. It serves students in grades eight through 12. All aspects of the arts are incorporated in the school’s teaching approach. The school offers a joint-college preparatory academic and pre-professional arts program in seven majors: Dance, Instrumental Music (Orchestra and Band), Vocal Music, Literary Arts, Photography, Theatre, and Visual Arts. This CMSD public school has a phenomenal college acceptance rate and is located in one of Cleveland’s most engaging structures.

Cleveland School of the Arts.

Margie is also a member of the Womens Council at the Cleveland Museum of Art. If you haven’t been to the museum yet, you must go! It is one of the best encyclopedic art museums in the nation and is regularly ranked as one of the best art museums in the country and the world. The exhibit to see this summer is the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors July 7th through September 30th. Here are a few articles about this Cleveland gem…

Business Insider: The 25 best museums in America, RANKED
Fodor’s Travel: 21 Must-See Art Museums in America
New York Times: Technology That Serves to Enhance, Not Distract

Margie is an active volunteer at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and was involved in the creation of its Autumn’s Eve Dinner, which supports Green Corps, the Garden’s urban-agriculture program for Cleveland high school students. Through Green Corps, inner-city teens are taught invaluable life-skills, lessons about gardening and farming, the benefits of eating locally grown food, and the basics of business.

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Botanical Garden.

While helping recruits and new hires with their orientations to Cleveland and Akron, Margie has learned so much about numerous volunteer opportunities in Northeast Ohio. She has done a lot of research on the many non-profits that provide services to those with Autism and their families. The amount of resources available to this population is truly amazing. Milestones Autism Resources is an exceptional organization that provides resources to educate, coach, and connect those in need. Margie recently became aware of another great resource, Two Café & Boutique in Bainbridge; check out their feature on The Today Show!
If you are interested in finding organizations to support that match your interests, resources, and skill sets, check out this website to begin your search as it lets you filter by city and issue.
Another great resource for finding opportunities to volunteer is Business Volunteers Unlimited. They work with companies to help them find community engagement and volunteer opportunities. Many of Northeast Ohio’s companies are members of BVU. If your company currently is not, it is worth asking your HR department to investigate this resource.
EA’s staff is knowledgeable about all aspects of living in Northeast Ohio. If you think your organization’s talent attraction and retention process could benefit from having a partner like EA to woo out-of-town job candidates and make sure the whole family is educated, acclimated, and connected during their first year in town, call us: 216.231.9311.