Do corporate organisations have a role to play in volunteering? They sure do. Businesses around the world are creating volunteering programs for their staff and offering experiences outside work to help build stronger, healthier communities.
Select a topic to find out more:
- What are the benefits?
- How does it work?
- Find volunteering opportunities
- Tools and resources
What are the benefits?
Benefits for volunteer organisations, government and the community include:
- Gaining access to business skills and new volunteers
- Building lasting partnerships
- Development of new projects
- Enhanced social cohesion
- More involvement in community activities
- More people with knowledge and skills
And for business:
- Staff development opportunities
- Improved team work and increased morale
- New skills training
- Enhanced reputation and visibility
- High-impact investment in a healthier community and trading environment
- Increased community awareness for staff (e.g. cultural awareness, environmental awareness) which can assist in dealing with people internal and external to their organisation
How does it work?
Businesses can partner up with community groups in many ways. And there are some great ways for a company to encourage its employees to volunteer. But it's not just about supporting volunteers to get involved; it's about building meaningful partnerships.
As a business, you need to think about what it is that you want to achieve and what kind of partnership you want to build. By understanding this, you will know what type of not-for-profit organisation you should work with.
Different volunteering activities could include:
- Team volunteering days – such as a working bee at a local school
- 'Virtual' volunteering time via work computers
- Support for skilled staff members to sit on Boards of local community organisations
- Memberships for staff to support a community group
- A staff secondment program – for example a building company could offer its staff to help out with a community building or refurbishment
Paid volunteer leave is one of the more common incentives workplaces offer their staff as part of a volunteering program. Although this is a great way to help employees get involved in volunteering, businesses need to think about the bigger picture – why they want to be involved and what outcomes they would like to achieve. A very important outcome for any business should be about building long term partnerships and sustainable programs to benefit the community.
Find volunteering opportunities
Our Find a volunteer opportunity page allows you to filter current opportunities that apply only to corporate volunteers. Or you can search for opportunities that target specific interests or skills.
There are also many websites that match skilled volunteers with community organisations who need more specialised assistance. These opportunities may suit both employers looking for ways to develop or expand a corporate volunteering program or employees looking for a challenging volunteer position.