Guest post by Becky Harpham, marketing coordinator, Jitasa
Do you have a hard time getting your employees engaged with the community? Sure, they work for a nonprofit and help your organization pursue its mission every day. But what about all of the other nonprofits that are desperate for volunteers? Here are five simple steps to encourage and increase volunteer activity in your office.
1. Start at the beginning.
By starting with new hires, you can make it clear that volunteerism is strongly encouraged in your office from day one. Getting your new employees involved with volunteer projects is a great way for the rest of your team to get to know them while also helping your community.
2. Have organizations come to you.
One of the best ways to get your employees involved is to organize a 30-minute informational meeting in your own office with other nonprofits. Without taking too much time out of their day, your employees will get to learn about volunteer opportunities without even leaving the office.
3. Let them choose.
By letting employees choose how they want to volunteer and with an organization of their liking, they are given the opportunity to help with something they are truly passionate about. Your employees will come back into the office feeling engaged and motivated.
4. Host your own volunteer project.
If you don’t have one already, consider organizing an annual project to get your employees involved. Don’t know where to start? Ask your employees for feedback or partner with another nonprofit to double the impact.
5. Make it fun!
Lastly, volunteering is a great opportunity for team-building and to break away from the office routine. You could even make it a game and break up your employees into teams to create some friendly competition. No matter what you decide, make it a fun, positive and enthusiastic atmosphere for your everyone.
Don’t let your employees stop with your nonprofit’s mission. Ignite the passion for volunteerism in your office to leave a better community. Don’t know where to start? Search volunteer opportunities near you here.
Becky Harpham helps lead volunteer organization and initiatives at Jitasa.