Corporate Volunteers

Corporate / Team Volunteers

For corporate groups or teams of people interested in getting involved in the local community consider the following questions:

1. How much time do you have to volunteer?

Is it once-off, during a particular timeframe or on an ongoing basis?

2. How many people in your group/team would like to volunteer?

For many community organisations it is hard to accommodate large numbers of people at one time. If your company or department is big consider volunteering in smaller groups over a number of days or choose a variety of volunteer projects instead of just one.

3. Does your group have a particular area of interest?

e.g. the environment, working with the elderly, poverty alleviation etc? Even better, do your staff have specialised skills they could share with a non-profit organistaion? For example, I.T. professionals who could help with a website or financial or legal professionals who might be able to offer specialised advice or join a board. 

4. Are you in a position to cover small costs associated with the volunteer project?

e.g. paint and materials, refreshments if taking a group of people on a social activity etc?

5. Is there someone on your team who can take the lead?

You will need one person to be responsible for organising the volunteering and liaising with the volunteer centre and community organisation.

Now, what can you do?

1. Once-off Group Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Centre can sometimes arrange once-off volunteer projects that could accommodate a group of volunteers.  These are typically things like litter picks, gardening or painting. They take time to arrange, as we must find a community organisation with a suitable project and a time that works for them and for your company. Your company will need some money available to pay for materials (paint, gardening equipment etc.) and other expenses – possibly lunch and transport for your staff. 

2. Organise your own volunteering/fundraising event

Community and voluntary organisations continually struggle with the issue of funding and would really benefit if you could raise funds for them. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. A number of people within your team/company could take on this role by organising fun or creative events that would also bring your team closer together.

3. ’Adopt’ a local charity

Local community organisations have told us how they would greatly benefit from the support of a company or group over a period of time. Depending on the charity’s needs there are numerous ways in which you could support them: offering a room for a training event; fundraising (helping with bag packs, quizzes, sponsored hill walks); offering skills/knowledge within your company/group; offering hands-on support (helping to do up client facilities). ’Adopting’ a charity enables your team to become more aware and involved in your community through ongoing support of a local project. It also provides greater choice for people on your team to use their skills and interests in a more sustained way. The Volunteer Centre would be delighted to sit down with you and help you to choose a suitable charity.

4. Organise a social activity for a group of people in your community

There are lots of people in the community that would absolutely love a visit from a small group. Do you know any daycare centres for the elderly, any children’s clubs, bodies that work with people who have disabilities.  Can anyone in your team/organisation tell stories, play instruments or sing? These are all gifts that would be greatly appreciated by people who may not  have a lot of visitors or the opportunity to go out on social events. The Volunteer Centre can assist you in finding a group in your community.

5. Ongoing individual volunteer opportunities

If employees from your company/team would like to volunteer on an ongoing basis they can search our database for a complete range of opportunities or come in to the Volunteer Centre to discuss their options. Alternatively, we can arrange for someone to go out and give a talk on volunteering to a group of your employees/team members. Many large employers now offer staff a number of “volunteer days” each year, where they volunteer during work hours and are paid as normal. 

6. Knowledge transfer and/or offering skills to community organisations

If your staff have specialist skills you might consider sharing these with a local community group. Many  groups could benefit from  access to technical/professional services such as HR, accountancy, health and safety, board development, fundraising, ICT, strategic planning etc. Companies could help by offering advice, mentoring or a workshop in a particular field. The volunteering could be once-off, over an agreed number of days/weeks or on an ongoing basis. A particularly valuable way to share skills is allowing specialist staff to join the board of a non-profit organisation during their working hours.  Many organisations would love to recruit board members with experience of finance, law, HR, health care etc. 

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