When you’re a company committed to the concept of business as a force for social good, that means more than simply finding the best charities to donate to – it also includes engaging your team with skill-based volunteer opportunities. Part of Working for Women’s mission is to help companies find and create those experiences, with a focus on elevating women in the workforce. We believe in the critical importance of involving your employees in the community, because:

Skill-based volunteer opportunities give people a personal connection to the causes.
The more hands-on the experience, the better. A meaningful skill-based volunteer opportunity will engage all levels of staff, including the CEO, and get them working toward the same immediate and long-term goals. These programs help employees feel that their social values align with their employer’s, and that the work they do is purpose-driven. Ideally, they gain a sense that their contribution is not just to the overall success of the company, but also a charitable cause that matters to them. In many cases, you may be introducing your team member to nonprofit work they may were not previously familiar with, raising awareness for the organization or cause.

Skill-based volunteer opportunities improve employee skills and present growth opportunities.
These programs provide opportunities for your employees to take their skills to another level and apply them to new industries. As their skills strengthen, your company becomes stronger. Leadership, collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and self-awareness are all skills you can foster in your company’s team while doing social good at the same time.

Skill-based volunteer opportunities foster employee recruitment and retention.
It’s been proven: company-sponsored volunteerism boosts employee engagement, which is good for everyone. (A recent Gallup report showed that organizations with high employee engagement have 3.9 times the growth rate for earnings per share than other companies with lower engagement in the same industry.) When you create a workplace that helps employees find pride in both the company they work for and the work they do…those employees stick around. Providing corporate volunteer opportunities also makes your company more attractive to the candidates you want on your staff. This sense of purpose-driven work boosts productivity and higher workplace morale.

Harvard Business Review article on Skill-Based Volunteering

Skill-based volunteer opportunities can be diverse and flexible to meet specific needs.
Our nonprofit partners work with companies to develop special service projects or team-building events, customized for groups of all sizes. They might also provide opportunities for individual or small group volunteerism. These experiences can take place virtually,  or in-person. Scheduling can be flexible, too, and designed to work with time constraints.

Skill-based volunteer opportunities can instill and reinforce your company values.
And that’s both internal and external – how your employees and the public see and feel about your company.

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When you join Working for Women, you provide opportunities for your employees to be part of the impactful work our non-profit partners are doing to lift more women to economic independence. There is nothing bad about that.

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