In Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Skills, Management, Volunteering on January 20, 2013 at 11:02 am
As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community. King routinely asked “What are you doing for others,” and January 21st is the ideal day to ask yourself that question.
The federal holiday was first observed 26 years ago and in 1994 Congress designated it as a National Day of Service, inspired by King’s words, “everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”
You can turn to Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities right in your neighborhood or nearby surrounding area. Visit the web site, type in your zip code, and you will be presented with a variety of organizations seeking volunteers.
And, if you are a leader in the workplace, encourage your team members to volunteer in the community as individuals. Or, organize team volunteer afternoons or evenings for your employees.
In Company Culture, Leadership, Management, Motivating Employees, Team Building on June 28, 2010 at 6:47 pm
You can now find local volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org’s new free mobile app for iPhones.
Download the app, type in your zip code, and you will be presented a host of nonprofit organizations in your area with volunteer opportunities.
In addition, via the app, you can let organizations know you want to sign up and you can read reviews from actual volunteers.
And, if you are a leader in the workforce, take note of the recently completed research that VolunteerMatch.org and United Healthcare recently completed.
They found compelling evidence that volunteering not only enhances volunteers’ physical and mental health, but also strengthens relationships between employers and employees.
So, encourage employees to volunteer. Organize groups of employees to volunteer after work or on the weekends. Consider rewarding employees with incentives or extra vacation time in exchange for their volunteer hours.
Some more findings from the VolunteerMatch.org and United Healthcare research show that:
- 68% of those who volunteer in the past year report that volunteering made them feel physically healthier.
- 29% of volunteers who suffer from a chronic condition say that volunteering has helped them manage their chronic illness.
- 89% of volunteers agree that volunteering improved their sense of well-being.
- 73% of volunteers feel that volunteering lowered their stress levels.
- 92% of volunteers agree that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.
In Company Culture, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leading By Example, Management, Motivating Employees on March 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm
April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week. That’s the week when nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. will celebrate and honor their volunteers.
If you are not already volunteering, what a great time to start. Make a commitment to yourself to start volunteering before that week starts!
And, if you are a workplace leader who supports a volunteer program at your business, you already know that by encouraging employees to give back to your community you are:
- building teamwork
- motivating employees
- attracting new hires
In fact, job seekers much prefer companies that have a strong volunteer program. And, a growing number of businesses are rewarding employees who volunteer by giving them extra vacation time or other incentives.
Fortunately, throughout the U.S. there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities where employees can contribute individually, or where leaders can organize teams of employees to volunteer together on a routine and scheduled basis.
To find organizations in need of volunteers, go to Volunteer Match and type in your zip code. You’ll be presented a list of nearby volunteer opportunities. Also, you can find opportunities on iParticipate.