Corporate Volunteerism – Why it’s worth it

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Corporate Volunteerism – Why it’s worth it

Guest blog post by Kelly Tingle, Executive Director, Rotary Club of Indianapolis

Volunteering can have a positive impact on your business. Sure, we all know it creates a bonding opportunity for teams and creates more engaged employees who stick around and decrease turnover, but consider three other reasons you should host company volunteer days.

Increases Skills

Allowing up and comers to take on leadership for volunteer projects is a great way for them to learn and grow. CEO of OneAmerica Scott Davison recently noted that one of the best ways that he learned his leadership skills was by volunteering with the Indiana Sports Corporation. He said that by taking a risk and managing large scale volunteer projects, he learned valuable skills that he transferred to his career.

Volunteers are Healthier

As Health Insurance costs continue to rise, good employee health is becoming a big priority. Many longitudinal studies report that volunteering has a positive impact on psychosocial, mental and heart health. http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0506_hbr_brief.pdf

Recruiting Millennials

According to the  Report, a company’s involvement with causes ranked third most important factor when applying for a job. The number one cause-related program that Millennial employees wanted to see more of is company-wide volunteer opportunities. More than half (57%) of respondents wanted to see more company volunteer days.

An easy way for your business to get involved with corporate volunteering is by participating in Indy Do Day.

Indy Do Day is Central Indiana’s premiere days of community volunteering where over 20,000 volunteers will be working over September 29, 30 and October 1. You can find a great list of projects that your team can adopt here- www.indydoday.org.

If you have any questions or want to activate a large group, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kelly Tingle at ktingle@indyrotary.org.

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