Interested in corporate volunteering?
Corporate volunteering is a core component of community investment strategies for many Australian businesses and a vital element of their broader corporate social responsibility. Corporate/employee volunteering can be individual or a team volunteer effort from the company.
Corporate volunteers from the Commonwealth Bank create a much needed green space in the car park at Northern Rivers Community Gateway.
What are the advantages for your corporation?
• Improved visibility
• Team building
• Getting to know other staff better
• Personal satisfaction
• Better staff morale
• Better understanding of the community
• Better understanding of how the not-for-profit sector works
• Insight into problems that can affect other people’s lives
• Staff training
• Improved skills/chance to learn new ones
• Raise awareness of your business name and what you do
• Build a positive corporate image
• Open up new business opportunities
• Create media interest and
• Great photo opportunities
What are the advantages for your employees?
Opportunities exist for staff at all levels, from senior staff working on the boards of non-profits to daylong team building opportunities. Some options include,
• Community Fellowships/project development assignments: Short term placements in community organisations where the projects to be undertaken are clearly defined and usually time specific
• Secondments: The employee (or retiree) works full time as a member of the staff team of the NFP with salary and expenses covered by the company. This model is often used at a time of significant career change e.g. in case of early retirement or mid-career management development.
• Team Development Assignments: projects created by the company in close collaboration with a NFP’s specifically and openly designed to meet the company’s own team building goals.
• One to one support mentoring: The company employees take on an agreed coaching or support role for one or more individuals who would benefit from such a relationship. Those mentored can be either staff in organizations or their project beneficiaries.
• Non-executive roles: There are a number of non-executive roles that employees can take on in a voluntary capacity: including membership of a NGO management committee; acting as a formal trustee or governor, the honorary roles of committee chair or treasurer.
• Individual Volunteering: The Company supports the efforts of an individual employee with formal or informal acknowledgements, matched funding or time off in lieu. Employees choose a project that has a particular personal resonance.
• Done in a Day Projects: local activities/events that are designed to involve all or part of the company workforce. Often used for teambuilding, breaking down barriers, boosting morale and increasing motivation. These work best when used to kick start long term projects or as a global service day to involve employees from different company locations and divisions.