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Employee Volunteer Programs

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. This leads to a lower turnover rate for the company.

Starting an Employee Volunteer Program will boost morale, motivation and team building in your company. It's a great way to show corporate support for the activities that employees are participating in and could help to leverage contributions to the nonprofits your company partners with.

According to The Deloitte 2011 Volunteer IMPACT Survey Employee Volunteer Programs will:

  • Develop employee skills and competencies such as communication, planning, project management, problem-solving, budgeting and listening skills
  • Spur innovation and creativity
  • Help build community and cohesion inside the workforce
  • Provide leadership opportunities and improves employee relations
  • Help motivate the workforce
  • Attribute to higher levels of life satisfaction, sense of control over life and feeling physically and emotionally healthier (UnitedHealthcare / VolunteerMatch Do Good Live Well Study. 2010)


Tips for Volunteering in Winter Months

In last week's blog, we shared a list of tips to keep the volunteer momentum going all year long. Since that post, we were blasted with our first winter storm that dropped over a foot of snow on most towns in our area. In response to the weather, we decided to offer follow-up this week with tips to consider when volunteering in the winter. 

Visit VolunteerSquare.com to sign up for free custom e-alerts and stay up-to-date on the latest volunteer needs here in Connecticut. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too. Stay warm and safe this winter and happy volunteering!

Tips for Volunteering In Winter Months

Check in advance! Be crystal clear on your agency’s weather policy from the word go. Check the weather forecast and call your supervisor, check for news updates, or check your E-mail and social media alerts announcing delays, closures or other changes of plans.

If you’re very concerned about the weather and the agency stays open, stay home. While we love volunteer commitment as much as our agencies do, you should never put yourself at risk when roads are getting slippery. This especially applies if you have a lengthy drive to your agency. Volunteer coordinators will understand the treacherous conditions faced by drivers and will be happy to reschedule your hours for another time, assuming they haven’t done so already.

Volunteer in the New Year

Happy New Year! As we enter 2018, I'm sure you've thought about your New Year's resolutions. While some of the most popular resolutions are to be more healthy and go to the gym, another very popular resolution is to volunteer and get involved in your community.  At Volunteer Square, we encourage everyone to give back to their communities, but we also know that resolutions have the habit of being placed on hold, neglected, or abandoned altogether as the year moves along. We want to help you keep your volunteer momentum going all year so we put together a list of tips. Feel free to use some or all of them and share them with your family and friends as you plan your 2018 volunteering.

Stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities here in Connecticut by signing up for our custom e-alerts and you can catch us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram too!

Tips for Volunteering All Year

1. Be Specific

Saying you want to volunteer is a very broad term. Doing what? What type of agency do you want to work with? What types of problems are you interested in solving? Just knowing what you really want to do as a volunteer will make a big difference in your commitment to your goals.

2. Create sub-goals

Winter Break Volunteering

Home for the holidays and wondering what to do with all that free time? In addition to being a great way to help out the community, did you know volunteering can give you meaningful experience that may come in handy down the road?

From volunteer ushers at The Palace Theatre to Food Pantry Assistance for the Women's Mentoring Network, to help in the Community Closet at LifeBridge Community Services in Bridgeport, there are countless ways you can get involved. We’ve put together a quick checklist of things to consider before you try to get school credit for service over your winter break.

We are also here to help find the perfect fit. Check us out and be sure to sign up for our free e-alerts so we can keep you in the loop on local volunteer projects that matter to you. Be sure to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too.

Winter Break Volunteering Check List

1. Clarify your school’s policy for accepting credit

Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is a time to celebrate traditions. Traditions have many benefits, they help us stay connected to family and friends, teach practical skills and values, create memories and strengthen bonds. This season is a great time to start a volunteer tradition with our family, book club, faith community or school if you don't have one already. Make a difference in your community, while also spending time with people you care about and having fun doing it.

Last holiday season, people from all over the East Coast, shared their stories with us about their holiday volunteer traditions through our Share ONE, Give ONE campaign and we loved reading these inspirational memories. With this campaign, we started our the Volunteer Square team tradition of giving back one hour for every submission we received. In 2017, we gave over 25 hours back to the community and we hope to double that for 2018. Please help us by sharing something you do with your family, school or faith group or something you do on your own each year at the holidays. For each submission received, the Volunteer Square interns will give back one hour of service in 2018.  All accepted submissions will be posted live on our website site as inspiration for those looking to start their own holiday volunteer tradition and to celebrate the outstanding service of our Volunteer Square community as 2017 comes to a close.


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