Or read a help sheet about Corporate Volunteering below.
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. Our Community's Community and Business Partnerships Brokerage Service walks you through the procedures involved, and other resources are available to help in your planning.
Australia - Corporate Volunteering
Your doorway to the latest resources and information to help you extend your networks and stay in touch with the issues around corporate volunteering and social responsibility.
• Pro Bono Australia
A volunteer matching group that may assist your organisation in choosing a partner.
• The Centre for Volunteering
The Centre for Volunteering is the peak body in NSW promoting and supporting volunteering and community participation. The Centre therefore encourages the participation in volunteering by the business sector through employee volunteering programs which link businesses to not-for-profit partners.
Specialist skilled volunteer matching not-for-profit that offers corporate volunteering consultancy and tailored matching services for corporate staff.
• Employee VolunteeringThis is a guide for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in helping the community through volunteering. Funded by the then Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, written by Volunteering Australia. (2007)
And if, at the end of the page, you still haven't found what you were looking for, look at the field from another angle - check out these other pages.
• Find a Local Group - sorted by state or region
• Find a Group in my Interest Area - sorted by causes
• Find a Group that Matches my Skills - sorted by areas of expertise