Get Out and Support National Volunteer Month

Is it just us, or did the first day of spring show up out of nowhere? Perhaps it’s because our friends on the east coast are getting hit with Nor’easter #4.

Before we know it, it will be April. Did you know April also happens to be National Volunteer Month? If you did, kudos! If not, don’t fret. You still have time to implement a volunteer campaign for your company and inspire your employees and customers to get involved.

According to the Corporation for National Community Service, 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer, which is 62.8 million volunteers. They average 32.1 volunteer hours per person, per year, which comes to 7.9 billion hours of service, the equivalent of $184 billion.

We feel strongly about volunteering at DoTopia and the benefits of “getting out and doing something about it”:

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers discovered that 88% of Millennials gravitated toward companies with pronounced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, and 86% would consider leaving if their employer’s CSR no longer met their expectations.
  • 61% of Millennials said a volunteer program would be a factor “when choosing between two potential jobs with the same location, responsibilities, pay and benefits.
  • 50% of Millennial employees that volunteer are very loyal toward their company, proud to work there, satisfied with their employer, and likely to recommend their company to a friend.
  • According to the “Pulse Survey,” 40% of a company’s reputation is determined by volunteering and Corporate Social Responsibility.

There are so many routes companies can take in creating volunteer opportunities. Here are a few to get the inspiration going:

  • Company wide volunteer day: Several years ago Nvidia opted out of holiday parties and instead spent that money and hundreds/thousands of employee hours to invest in refreshing schools nearby with facelifts, new equipment, sod, murals, new paint.
  • Volunteer of the year award: AT&T had 4,288 employees who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. They received this prestigious honor from the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service. To earn the national honor, their employees volunteered more than 100 hours during 2016, and in some cases, more than 500 hours — earning them the Gold Award!
  • Gift time to each employee to volunteer on their own: Ben & Jerry’s employee volunteer program is celebrating 10 years of activism. In 2016, the company’s 475 Vermont employees contributed 3,258 hours of service. The company provides each of these employees with 40 hours of paid time off every year to work with local service providers.

For further discovery, here are the 50 best workplaces for giving back in 2018.

Not only will volunteering make a difference in the community, it will make a significant impact on each individual’s wellbeing.

This Volunteer Month, inspire your people to get out and get involved in the community. When you support good acts within your company, everyone wins.

Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don't like in the world all of your own. #DoGood Click To Tweet

You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. #DoGood Click To Tweet

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. #DoGood Click To Tweet

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. #DoGood Click To Tweet

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