Cumulus Unveils Project Shine To Promote Volunteerism
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, November 19, 2020|
Cumulus Media has announced the launch of Project Shine, a cross-platform charitable initiative, serving as a nationwide call to local volunteerism through partner VolunteerMatch, the world's largest volunteer engagement network. Project Shine will be promoted on the company's 422 radio stations and websites across 87 U.S. markets and through Westwood One utiliazing creative promos framed by a new version of iconic rock band Collective Soul's hit "Shine", re-recorded exclusively for the project.
Cumulus listeners will be encouraged to visit local station websites to instantly connect with VolunteerMatch's powerful search engine and database and find local volunteer opportunities. The campaign was produced by Cumulus, with support from production company Benztown and McVay Media.
VolunteerMatch serves over 130,000 participating nonprofits, 150 network partners, and 1.3 million annual website visitors. There are currently 3.2 million volunteers needed by non-profits organizations on VolunteerMatch -- with over 700,000 of those openings for virtual volunteers, and many postings for safely-distanced activities.
"Project Shine serves as a conduit for human connection," said Brian Philips, EVP, Content & Audience, Cumulus Media. "We make it easy for good people to connect with great causes through VolunteerMatch. In every town, in every corner of America, some darkness subsides, and a new ray of light appears. Through service, we help ourselves and the whole world is better for it." Philips added, "We thank our friend Ed Roland and Collective Soul, whose timeless song "Shine" was the inspiration for this project. Ed's exciting new version elevates PROJECT SHINE and brings fresh light to a nation in need."
Ed Roland, Founder and Lead Vocalist, Collective Soul, said, "When I was 12 years old, my father told me that one day, there will be no city lines, no county lines, no state lines, or even country lines - there will only be humankind. VolunteerMatch is a program that connects all of us to work together and make a positive impact for the greater good. I want to thank Brian Philips and everyone at Cumulus for allowing us to be a part of PROJECT SHINE. Together we can make a difference."
"VolunteerMatch is honored to join forces with Cumulus Media to help everyone find a way to lend a hand in their local community -- and virtually across America - through Project Shine," said Laura Plato, Chief Solutions Officer, VolunteerMatch. "We're huge believers in the power of both volunteer service and music to uplift, inspire, and heal. And we're excited to see volunteers unite in support of our nation's nonprofits."
More information about how to connect to a nonprofit you love can be found HERE.
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