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People look for purpose in the workplace – and volunteering is a great way to find it. Volunteer programs build relationships between employees, their communities, and causes they care about. It’s proven increase employee engagement And research shows that volunteers experience benefits to their physical and mental health.
Here are 25 volunteer ideas that will inspire your employees to participate and help build a goal-driven corporate culture that people will want to follow.
1. Supporting Good Works. Encourage your people to track volunteer time for random acts of kindness – like buying groceries for a neighbor or buying coffee for someone experiencing homelessness.
2. Write a letter to an elder. Many seniors suffer from loneliness. You can be the reason they smile by sending a kind note or letter through an organization like Love For Our Parents.
3. Prepare care packages for seniors in nursing homes. Not every senior has a loved one nearby. Make them feel seen and special. View organizations like DOOR or Senior Secret Service.
4. Write letters to children at the local hospital. Hospitalized kids need a healthy dose of hope. Send them inspiring messages to brighten their day.
5. Send cards to refugees. Many refugees face adversity as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Show them that people are thinking about them. Check CARE or Every Refugee to start.
6. Meet a nonprofit. If your company has relationships with nonprofits, invite them to host info sessions so your people can learn about their work. Tracking this time as a volunteer will incentivize your people and possibly inspire them to give their time or money directly.
7. Volunteer for study. More and more companies are encouraging their employees to attend training on important topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging by counting the time they invest as volunteer hours. Invite a leader from one of your employee resource (ERG) groups to host the session.
8. Start with small actions. Micro action help your people take small steps that make a big impact. Tracking these actions as volunteer time encourages your people to make sustainable changes in their daily lives. Learn how TC Energy gathered their employees to complete 4,000 micro-actions during their holiday campaign.
9. Clean up your community. Grab some trash bags, gloves (and your team!) and head to the local park or beach. During its annual Homecoming reunion, Benevity divides hundreds of employees into small cleaning crews that take to the streets of downtown Calgary and fill countless bags with trash. Organization likes Shoreline cleaning making it easy to assemble and clean up your local area.
10. Host a bingo night at a nursing home or shelter. Now here’s a winning idea! Add a little fun and excitement with a game everyone can play. You can even involve some residents to become Bingo callers.
11. Make a birthday bag. Help make someone’s birthday special. Gather a bag filled with kids’ birthday supplies: balloons, candles, cake mix and decorations for your local shelter or food bank.
12. Schedule a shift at a local food bank or soup kitchen. Fight hunger on the front lines by preparing and serving food to those in need.
13. Make lunch boxes for those who don’t have a home. Get coworkers together to put together a nutritious bagged lunch. They can be dropped off at shelters or distributed directly to the homeless residents of your community.
14. Hold the clothes drive. Keep used clothing out of landfills by inviting your people to take unwanted items from their closets. Donate clothing to your local shelter or organization like Dress for Success.
15. Join a community project. Ask your local government if they need volunteers for projects around the community; it’s a great way to make a difference close to home.
16. Build cleaning supplies. Collect unused samples from your home or dollar store to stock up on kits with soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, comb, etc. Give to a shelter or donate directly to an organization like Beauty Bus Foundationwhich provides cosmetic services to terminally ill individuals and their caregivers.
17. Help animals. Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers and/or supplies such as toys, blankets, pet food, etc. Connect with your local shelter or rescue organization to see how your people can help. We animal activation kit gives you pre-written content to get you started.
18. Organize food drives. Start by reaching out to your local food bank to see which items they need most. Have the employee bring the requested items and plan a day to deliver them.
19. Sort food in the food bank. Organizing and sorting donations is a huge undertaking. Check with your local food bank to set up a time for your people to help out. Check us out food bank activation kit for pre-written templates that can help you set it up.
20. Explore skills-based volunteering. Your expertise can be of great use to resource-strapped nonprofits. From writing website copy to bookkeeping, lending your skills to long-term projects can make a big impact. Learn how Atlassian’s skills-based volunteer program make a meaningful impact on 50 causal partners.
21. Become a youth mentor. Everyone needs someone to admire, and you can be that young adult. To set up a youth guidance program in your workplace, check us out youth guidance activation kit.
22. Helping the blind. You can help people who are nearsighted or blind live more independent lives with apps like Be My Eyes.
23. Translate for TED. TED Translator is a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, enabling inspiring ideas to travel across languages and borders. Consider allowing your people to track their time for this initiative.
24. Help disaster relief workers respond, fast. Humanitarian workers need quick access to critical information during a disaster. Volunteer with Humanity Data Exchange to collect and enter critical information into a database allows rescuers to access the information they need to respond quickly.
25. Join animal conservation efforts. ZSL Instant Wild empowers volunteers to take part in important conservation work by providing live images and videos from stunning locations around the world for identification.
Use these ideas to plan campaigns that get your people inspired and excited to give their time this National Volunteer Week – and all year round.
If you’re looking for more ideas for National Volunteer Week, check us out National Volunteer Week activation kitloaded with ready-to-use content and communication templates.
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