Get Your Employees Volunteering

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by David Presley

Recently, a local branch of Wells Fargo had its employees participated in the Forever Friend Pet Toys portable project, a volunteer opportunity managed by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe. Hands On is the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

District Manager Crystol Jones had this to say, “Completing the portable project  is a great way to give back to the community while building a culture of team work. Recently our team made more than 150 flash cards for local school aged children. The experience allowed us to bond and come closer as a team while spending time giving back to our communities, a real win/win.”

Volunteers at Work

Wells Fargo School Supply DriveCrystol understands that giving back is important not only for the benefits it brings to the community, but for the way it strengthens her team at Wells Fargo. Regional Project Manager Ryan Baber, also a member of Highlands Circle, said, “During our western North Carolina leadership summit in May of 2014, we teamed up and had a fantastic time making Forever Friend Pet Toys. This portable project fit easily into our two day meeting agenda, increased synergy within the group and most importantly helped benefit the Asheville Humane Society. The materials list provided by Hands On made shopping for supplies efficient and the instructions to create the toys were simple to follow. Everyone involved had rave reviews about the experience, and we’re already looking forward to the next Flex Project we’ll complete as a team!”

Good for Employees, Good for Business

Getting employees engaged through volunteerism will not only help our community; it will help all businesses, large and small. A growing body of research suggests that there are many positive benefits for a business to support volunteerism. It’s good for the employees and organization alike.

Benefits for the employees:

  • Makes them feel good and increases morale
  • Builds and enhances professional and leadership skills
  • Educates them about community needs and issues
  • Elevates employee’s sense of community, citizenship and civic pride

Benefits for the company:

  • Builds or enhances your image as a good corporate citizen
  • Help attract customers, clients, business partners and employees
  • Builds employee morale, loyalty, and productivity
  • Leverages corporate community relations and philanthropic activities

A Growing Trend

Volunteering through the workplace is a great way to give back and a great way to enhance all business. It may become a necessary business practice to keep up with the constantly evolving business world. One third of millennials said their company’s volunteer practices affected their decision to apply for a job. Over half of them said it affected their decision to accept the position.

If you would like your employer or company to look at volunteer opportunities, you can connect through the Hands On webpage or contact Michelle Bennett by email or at (828) 239-1033.

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