Corporate Volunteering

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.

Corporate Volunteering Links - Organisations