National Volunteer Week is a week long celebration for the volunteers who make our communities great! Perhaps you’re actually one of them! If so, congratulations: volunteering is good for everyone involved and can bring lasting benefits to all.
At Benefits by Design (BBD) Inc., we love National Volunteer Week and the profile it brings to volunteering. BBD offers each employee seven paid hours of time off every year to get out in the community and volunteer. Volunteering allows individuals or teams take on a new challenge, make a difference, and have fun.
As advocates for volunteering, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the benefits of volunteering while providing inspiration and ideas for how you can help out in your own community!
The Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering in your community benefits everyone involved; it’s a win-win-win for employers, employees and the volunteer organizations. Below are some examples of what employers and employees gets through volunteering.
Employers whose company culture includes volunteering benefits not only themselves, but everyone in the organization. When employees are happier, more connected and engaged in their own professional development, they’re just better employees. And when businesses are actively engaged in their community, they gain additional business profile and connections that can lead to exciting new opportunities!
Volunteering by Example
In the past several years, our employees have volunteered their time with some amazing organizations. Below is a small sample of those organizations:
Special Olympics Canada: Motionball
Motionball is a not for profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. We’re huge supporters and rally corporate teams every year to participate!
Canadian Blood Services
Donating blood with Canadian Blood Services is a quick and easy way to help out! There are Blood Clinics all across the country. Gather a corporate team and schedule an appointment.
Local Animal Shelter
There are usually plenty of opportunities to volunteer at your local animal shelter. You get to meet and hang out with cute animals while helping them and their human staff out. Bonus: animals are proven to have positive effects on mental health and overall wellbeing!
Organize Your Own Event
This can be a great way to gain employee participation and help out a cause that most aligns with your company’s values. Consider bake and book sales, charity car washes, community clean-ups or anything else that comes to mind!