They say it’s better to give than receive. When it comes to volunteering, however, you simply can’t have one without the other. Because the more you give to your community, the more you receive in return. And with the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better time to jump in and help out.
Cultivate both your team and community
Celebrate the holidays by encouraging your employees to unite and contribute to a cause in your community. This can not only help strengthen your community, it can create new and enjoyable opportunities for employees to partner up and work together. The relationships they develop will transfer directly to the workplace, helping create a closer, more cohesive team.
Additionally, the opportunity to help others can help individual employees feel confident and empowered – traits that are incredibly valuable around your shop or office.
Create a positive change
Whether you decide to raise money for a local non-profit, collect supplies for those less fortunate, or volunteer at an area shelter, your team’s efforts can have an enormous personal impact.
They can also help elevate how others see your business. According to Entrepreneur, consumers appreciate when companies take the time to help others.
Share the love
There’s no reason to limit volunteer opportunities to your employees. You can always reach out and team up with your clients as well.
By inviting customers to be a part of your volunteer efforts, you can develop stronger professional relationships that will pay dividends throughout the year.
Explore your options
There are countless opportunities from which to choose. To help maximize the impact for everyone involved, look for those that bring together your company’s values, employees’ skills and clients’ passions. Here are some ideas:
- Sponsor a community event
- Help build a home
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter
- Raise funds for an organization
- Build a team for a charity run or walk
When you do something good, good things will come your way. If you don’t already volunteer in your community, make this the year you start. And bring your employees, clients and community along with you for a most rewarding journey.