Running a busy nonprofit often means having access to a standing army of capable volunteers, ready at a moment’s notice to donate hours from their busy lives. Nobody knows this better than Zakiyyah Mohamed-Stevens, Program Manager of Little Essentials in New York. Little Essentials receives donations from families in New York and works with community partners to distribute children’s supplies to at-risk families living in poverty.
Are you organizing a corporate volunteering program? Selecting someone to lead the program is likely on your To-Do list! This is a terrific opportunity for someone in your organization to develop crucial skills that will help them further their career. Consider selecting a promising executive as your leader as it will give them a safe place to develop managerial skills.
Your first step in the process of choosing a leader should be to draft a position description to spell out the expectations. Include specific duties, time expected, and qualifications required just as you would for salaried positions in your company. Do not select someone as a leader of your program that does not meet the requirements you spell out.
What IS employee engagement? It's a common problem that companies have with employees who are not engaged and not challenged adequately with their tasks is having difficulties in retaining them long term. On a smaller scale, issues like lack of enthusiasm usually lead to less productivity and a decrease in the quality of their work.
Volunteering Performance is important because by now, it is widely known that volunteering can substantially increase a brand’s reputation, social awareness, and above all, employee engagement. In fact, 94% of employees agree volunteering improves their mood and gives them a sense of purpose, while the businesses that established volunteer programs improved their image and increased profitability.
Setting volunteer participation goals is getting more and more important as volunteering is getting bigger; the age of millennials popularized it again, so doing a good deed and investing your time and effort in order to contribute to a cause is considered trendy now. However, volunteering organizations don’t always function properly – most of them are not used to having a significant workforce at their disposal, so most of the work they are able to organize doesn’t go further than the superficial level.
Hurricane relief is the buzzword this season with the eastern seaboard of the USA and the island nations off of the coast having seen unprecedented destruction due to the multiple hurricanes forming over water and hitting land as category 4 and 5 storms.
Where parts of Texas are devastated by one of the costliest natural disasters in history, many opportunities have come to the front to volunteer for Hurricane Harvey relief.
In the aftermath of the costliest natural disaster to hit the USA in memory there is much that needs to be done to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey blew through 50 counties in Texas leading to unimaginable devastation and offering many opportunities for us to show our humanity by helping in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. Now is a good time for us to think about what Hurricane Harvey victims need so we can help these people get past the initial few days and then rebuild their lives, homes and communities.
In today’s increasingly insular world, it is a disaster of Hurricane Harvey’s scale that makes us stop, disconnect and take a look around us to see that there are real people in real trouble needing our help. Individual and group volunteering opportunities abound in and around Houston, and it is heartening to see people put aside everything to assist those who are more affected than they are.