Two years ago, ECMC Group didn’t have an employee-sponsored volunteer program. Now, they not only have a robust volunteer program, but offer extensive giving opportunities as well. What causes an organization to go from having no volunteer/ giving program to creating an engaging and thorough one in such a short amount of time? To find out, I connected with Sabrina Berg, ECMC’s Community Relations Administrator.
Lately, I’ve been writing about employee engagement quite a bit, and I keep coming across information showing that volunteering as a workforce can do wonders for improving it. At first, I didn’t get the connection, but the more I read, the more it makes sense. Engaged employees go a step beyond what’s required of them. A big factor in their willingness to do this is whether they believe there is a larger purpose — a meaning — to their work.
OhioHealth increased volunteer participation rates by over 4,000 hours in just one year. To be specific, they set a goal to track 18,500 volunteer hours in 2016 — a goal which they met and then surpassed by reaching 22,618 volunteer hours. I wanted to know how they did it.
At NetSuite, their employee volunteer program is never done. They are always improving it to make it more engaging for their employees and more impactful for their communities. Learn more about 2016 Employee Volunteer Program of the Year finalist NetSuite and what makes it so successful.
Rather than restrict volunteering to single cause or organization, JetBlue supports the unique, individual passions and causes of all their employees, known as crewmembers. By powering their volunteer program with VolunteerMatch, they are able to empower crewmembers to truly give back in a way that is both meaningful and personal.
VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Bright Funds, the company that connects everyday donors and companies to causes they care about, announce their partnership, which will make it easy for employees and everyday donors to find volunteer opportunities they are passionate about.
Last month, I caught the buzz at the San Diego AMA’s Cause Conference, which focused on accelerating purpose within organizations and communities. There is nothing quite like spending a few days with a lot of marketers! Here is a sneak peek of the session I co-facilitated with Taproot Foundation. Missed the conference? Watch the recording ...