Over the last several years it’s become very popular for companies to promote volunteer work as part of their social responsibility initiatives. Volunteer work gives employees an opportunity to break away from their daily tasks and put their skills to use in other ways. Research has shown that companies that encourage volunteer work outside of the workplace have seen a shift in employee engagement. Engaged employees are happier, healthier and perform at a higher level.
Volunteer Square launched a Corporate Program in 2017 to help local companies build or strengthen their employee volunteer programs. We can tailor opportunities based on what works for the company and the nonprofit so it's a meaningful and impactful experience for both sides.
Volunteer Square recently had the opportunity to work with the Fairfield based Foundation Source. The team at Foundation Source was looking to help local organizations in the area of hunger, senior services, and education. We suggested a menu of opportunities based on a survey with their team and they chose two projects this month. Volunteer Square coordinated the details and the Foundation Source team completed two projects that made a huge impact on both the organizations they worked with. We are pleased to highlight their great work this week on our blog!
On April 30th, the Foundation Source team started a week-long project assembling 5,000 donation bags for the National Postal Food Drive that benefits Homes with Hope in Westport, CT. Set up in their kitchen, team members stopped in when they had a free moment to staple postcards and attach stickers to the bags paper bags that the letter carriers would deliver to Westport and Weston homes in preparation for postal food drive on May 12th. Maureen Liebergall, Community Relations Director of Homes with Hope was so grateful that the Foundation Source team was willing to help prep the bags, a project usually looks for a company to complete. This food drive fills the Homes with Hope's food pantry for the entire summer, it's very important to the clients that use their services. The Foundation Source team took a tedious activity and made it fun by bringing in food as an incentive for people to stop by the kitchen and lend a hand. They worked hard and by Friday afternoon they had completed this huge project!
They didn't stop there, on May 10th the Foundation Source team gathered again, this time in their conference room, where we set up a potted flower project. The staff could stop by to paint and decorate a pot and plant a flower inside as part of a Mother's Day plant project that benefited Jewish Senior Services.
By the end of the day, the FS team decorated 50 pots and filled them with flowers to donate to JSS residents. The Foundation Source staff shared that they had so much fun decorating the pots, it relieved stress and also allowed them to bring joy to others. They can't wait to do it again! And it really did bring joy to others, Francene Sanchione, Supervisor of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services at Jewish Senior Services shared "the resident's faces (and the faces of their families) lit up with surprise when they received the flowers – this lovely act brightened up their day and added a festive atmosphere to the entire home."
We look forward to connecting Foundation Source and other companies in CT, to more volunteer projects in their communities. If your company needs assistance building or strengthening an employee volunteer program, let us know. We can bring a project to our company or coordinate a project at a local non-profit for your team.