Volunteerism is a noble quality for a person or company to have, and one that keeps on giving. Giving back to your community is a great way to boost your company’s reputation within the community. Even more importantly, volunteer days are a great way to build teamwork within your company and give back to those in need.
These steps can help you plan an effective volunteer day for all involved.
- Fit the Program to Your Company
Are there any special skills your company can perform or products you produce that naturally lend themselves to charitable giveaways? Do you have employees whose skills can help? If you’re a restaurant, maybe you can donate food. If you produce or sell clothes, maybe you can donate those. Employees at a construction company can volunteer to build things.
There are all kinds of ways you can fit your products or skills to a charity’s need, and vice versa.
- Make it Meaningful
In The Merchant of Venice, Portia describes “the quality of mercy” as being “twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” The same should be true of your company’s approach to charity. It shouldn’t feel meaningless, obligatory, or like a chore. When done well, volunteerism and giving to charity is a meaningful, ennobling, empowering action that can improve the lives of those who give and volunteer as much as those they help.
- Integrate it Into Your Corporate Culture
Critical to making charitable and volunteer actions feel meaningful is incorporating a spirit of giving and volunteering into your corporate culture. You don’t want your place of work to feel callously self-interested, where everyone only cares about themselves. Instilling a spirit of volunteerism can be great for team building and getting employees to work together and care about one another as well as those they assist.
- Communicate Dates and Goals
As with everything else in the corporate sphere, communication is key. For volunteer and charity dates to work well, they need to be planned well into advance. Don’t just spring them on employees, and get input from then whenever possible.
By taking these steps, you can instill a strong spirit of volunteerism and giving in your workplace.