many ways for a business to partner with community groups to their
mutual benefit. One of these is for the company to encourage its employees
to join not-for-profit groups or volunteer for community work.
There are many forms of volunteering, including
- Giving your staff a paid day a month in which they can volunteer
to work for community groups of their choice (or your choice, or your
- Having your staff join together for a "team" or "whole-of-business"
volunteering day or afternoon. It might be a team project to clean up
an organisation's office, pack Christmas hampers, help build a playground,
act as marshals at a special event or supply lunch at a local elderly
- Letting your staff volunteer over the internet using their work computer.
Virtual volunteering is a great way to let both people out on the road
and those back at their desks in the office contribute to the community
is a convenient and safe way at times of low demand.
- Having your staff members - particularly those with some expertise
in financial or legal matters, volunteer to sit
on Boards of local community organisations.
- Buying a block of memberships on behalf of your staff to support
a community group.
- Arranging a staff secondment program - for example an accountancy
firm might second one of its staff to help out a series of community
groups during tax time - to expand the skills and experiences on both
Corporate volunteering has many benefits for employees, community groups,
and the community as a whole - and for businesses. These include:
- Increased company pride and loyalty by staff
- Better employee attendance, recruitment and retention
- Improved staff morale, motivation, team spirit and initiative
- Enhanced workplace relationships - unique opportunities for staff
to work with people from different areas and levels of their organisation
- New skill development opportunities for staff
- A more positive corporate image
- Heightened and positive recognition by customers and consumers
- New business opportunities
- Transformed relationship between the company and the local community
The best form of corporate volunteering for each company will be determined
by the particular circumstances of the case.
As a good primer, Click here (PDF 86 kb) to download the Business
Community Intelligence feature article on Corporate Volunteering.
Some further infromation and links to other resources are provided below.
Corporate Volunteering Links - Organisations
- Our Community's Business on Boards
How and why to get staff on boards
Australia - Corporate
Resources and information to help extend networks and keep up to date with corporate volunteering and social responsibility issues.
- The Corporate Volunteering Knowledge Network
A network to enable corporate professionals to get together and share expertise and knowledge and develop best practice in employee volunteer programs.
Specialist skilled volunteer matching not-for-profit that offers corporate volunteering consultancy and tailored matching services for corporate staff.
- Volunteering WA
Provides resources, services and support to build strong communities through volunteering.
Linking businesses and the community in Geelong and beyond.
- Join In, Join Up!
Our Community's vast directory of Australian community organisations - search by interest area or location.