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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Volunteering On January 20

In Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, Volunteering on January 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

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As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community. King routinely asked “What are you doing for others,” and January 20th is the ideal day to ask yourself that question.

The federal holiday was first observed 27 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 city’s name and the types of volunteering opportunities that interest you most, and you will be presented with a variety of organizations seeking volunteers.

And, if you are a leader in the workplace, encourage your employees and team members to volunteer in the community as individuals. Or, organize volunteer afternoons or evenings for your employees.

National Volunteer Week — Encourage Your Employees To Volunteer

In Employee Retention, Employee Satisfaction, Engaging Employees, Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Management, Motivating Employees, Volunteering on April 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

National Volunteer Week is April 21-27.  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.

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 and 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.

Make January 21st The Day You Start To Volunteer

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

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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.

Honor MLK By Volunteering Or Leading A Team To Volunteer

In Company Culture, Employee Engagement, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leading By Example, Management, Volunteering on January 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community. King routinely asked “What are you doing for others,” and January 16th is the ideal day to ask yourself that question.

The federal holiday was first observed 25 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.

Why Leaders Should Support Volunteer Programs In The Workplace

In Company Culture, Employee Satisfaction, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Management, Motivating Employees, Volunteering on September 3, 2011 at 6:54 am

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 the 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 and other incentives.

Fortunately, throughout the country 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.

You can find organizations in need of volunteers by visiting the website, Volunteer Match, and typing in your zip code. You’ll be presented a list of nearby volunteer opportunities.

And, if you are a leader in the workforce, take note of the 2010 research that VolunteerMatch.org and United Healthcare published.

They found compelling evidence that volunteering not only enhances volunteers’ physical and mental health, but also strengthens relationships between employers and employees.

Some highlights of the 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.

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.

Honor The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Volunteering

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leading By Example, Management, Volunteering on January 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. on Monday, January 17, volunteer or make the decision to volunteer in your community.  King routinely asked “What are you doing for others,” and January 17th is the ideal day to ask yourself that question.

The federal holiday was first observed 24 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.”

Many business leaders turn to Volunteer Match to find volunteer opportunities.  Visit the web site, type in your zip code, and you will be presented with a variety of organizations seeking volunteers.

Then, either volunteer and/or organize a team of your employees to volunteer!

Lead Your Employees To Volunteer

In Company Culture, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leading By Example, Management, Volunteering on November 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm

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 and 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 iPartcipate.

And, if you are a leader in the workforce, take note of the 2010 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 highlights of the 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.
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