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BESTPRACTICES

Getting Started on Giving Back
Volunteer projects benefit your community and boost company morale.
Here are some tips on how to get started.
By Katy Zillmer

W

hen Simon's Agency Inc. started
an annual Volunteer Day for its
employees, it was an extension of
the company's mission to help consumers
resolve their accounts and get back on their
feet financially.
Over time, the event turned into a
separate opportunity for employees to
give back to the community, with a little
encouragement from leaders at the Syracuse,
New York-based ACA International
member company.
"To be honest, it's pretty easy to recruit
for Simon's Volunteer Day now," said
John Viggiano, who leads the company's
marketing, communications and multimedia
design. "Anyone who participates once
always comes back to do it again and always
talks up the experience to newbies. The first
year was probably the toughest, but I think

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people appreciated the opportunity to have
something set up for them."
A volunteer program-or even one
annual event-may seem daunting to get
off the ground at your company. After all,
employees have priorities that keep them
busy outside of work and need free time to
unwind after a long week.
However, research shows that
volunteering helps offset the effects of
workplace stress and anxiety and increases
self-confidence.
Organizing volunteer and community
service projects for your team can bring your
employees closer together, help improve
morale and serve as team-building exercises
all while helping those in need.
According to a 2017 Deloitte
Volunteerism Survey, 74% of respondents
said volunteerism provides an improved

sense of purpose and 77% reported that
company-sponsored volunteer activities are
essential to employee well-being.

CONNECT WITH
EMPLOYEES' INTERESTS
To get started on a volunteer program at your
company, try surveying employees on their
interests or for suggestions of community
organizations they'd like to help.
Employees may have a connection to a
local organization through family or friends,
making it easier to set up events and activities.
"I bet many organizations already have
employees who are active volunteers and
wouldn't necessarily even know it. It always
helps to have someone who can speak to
people about doing this work and have the
knowledge or contacts to make it simple to
sign your team up," Viggiano said.

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