Many companies focus on community engagement and corporate service programs for specific societal issues, whether that be education, health, culture, environment or poverty. Utilizing your own company’s resources and talent can be a great way to give back to the society that you live, work and play in. Giving back as a company requires direct action and collaboration and can be great for team building and instilling value, pride, social responsibility, leadership and empowerment in your employees.
HR Professionals and HR Departments are often responsible for organizing such efforts, especially if a company is not large enough to have its own designated community outreach coordinator. The fastest way to decide which organizations or causes you want to support, is to ask your employees. Find out what they’re passionate about, what they participate in outside of work, or what they’ve been personally touched by. Whether you have one or several groups in mind, there are many ways to give back this holiday season that are cost-effective for your organization and can get every employee involved. See the following for ideas!
Gifts for Families or Organizations in Need: Host an internal company gift drive for those in need. If each employee brings in something small, and you have multiple employees involved, you can touch a number of lives this holiday season. Team building activities can involve organizing, wrapping, and even hand delivering the gifts. Designate certain employees for leadership roles and if you have a lot of employees, consider making teams with different responsibilities.
Holiday Packages for Soldiers: Many soldiers are away from their homes and families this holiday season.Giving back can extend far beyond your immediate surroundings. Host a holiday-package making party for soldiers in your place of employment. This can be easily accomplished by putting different employees in charge of different things such as supplies, donations, card making, and more.
Stomp out Hunger: Many companies host internal food drives, which is a great way to collect a lot of food for those in need. If your company has the resources, or enough time, consider hosting an actual lunch or dinner for the hungry. Designate certain employees for leadership roles such as collecting the food and donations, organizing the event day, inviting people in need, and even cooking. It’s a great way for everyone to work together towards one rewarding day, and interact directly with your community.
Speaking Engagements: Does your company have valuable information and expertise you could be sharing with the community? Perhaps speaking to high school students about the importance of college? What about speaking to the unemployed about resume building? Sharing your best financial practices? Sometimes help doesn’t need to be an actual item or monetary gift, it can be as simple as delivering knowledge that helps people in your community move forward with their lives.
Fundraising: Have a cause you’d like to support, but not enough time or employees to directly engage with the organization? Monetary gifts are ALWAYS greatly appreciated and allow organizations or people in need to purchase the things they need most. Instead of asking each employee to directly contribute, create a fundraising plan, in which employees can collect donations and raise funds. Making teams creates fun internal competition and can increase the amount of funds your company is able to collect. If you have multiple locations or offices, consider having them compete against one another.
Service Hours: Many organizations within your community are in need of service hours and volunteers. Taking a day off from work to volunteer as a company is a great experience, and allows your employees to work on Team Building activities, interact outside of the office, get to know one another, and have fun.
For more corporate holiday giving ideas, contact HR Shield. Our team will gladly provide feedback for those looking to make a difference in their community this holiday season!
Article originally posted on the HR Shield blog