There are 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 approved list).
- 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 citizens' club.
- 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 sides.
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.
- 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.