But as rewarding as volunteering with your company can be, there are ways to get even more out of the activity – making it even more beneficial to you, your company and your team as well as make the work you are doing even more significant on a personal level.
If you want to get the absolute most out of company volunteering, here are some tips on planning and organizing the event.
Choose an activity that aligns with your business
There are so many different and rewarding volunteering opportunities your team to take part in. So many, in fact, that deciding exactly what kind of activity to do – finding the right fit – can be tough. In order to get the most out of a volunteering event, try choosing an event that aligns with your business – whether that is one of your core values, what your company does or simply an over-arching interest within the company.
For example, if there is a non-profit or organization that your business regularly sponsors, there is already an established relationship there which should make arranging the event. If your business has a non-profit as a client (say you provide financial services for a food pantry), that is another terrific opportunity. Volunteering there allows you to see some of the fruits of your labors and there is a deep-rooted connection.
You may also poll your team for ideas. Someone in your business may be apart of an organization or have a deep connection to a cause. Finding a cause that is important to the company and your team will make the time and work they put in all the more rewarding than just pulling a cause out of a hat.
Outfit the team
No matter what activity you choose for your outing, make sure your team is geared up with some company-merchandise like shirts and hats. Coordinating new shirts for a volunteering event does so much more than just give your team a new shirt.
Unified apparel can help create a sense of camaraderie, fun and a culture of positivity. Having your company logo on display at this kind of event also helps boost brand awareness as a bonus too! Anyone who sees your team putting in meaningful work in the community will associate your brand with positive attributes like caring and generosity.
The items and gear you give your team can be practical too! If you are doing work outside, handing out water bottles can help keep the team hydrated. If you are planning on getting a little dirty or doing an activity like painting, your team won’t have to worry about ruining any of their clothes if you have shirts for the occasion.
Mix and match the team
In larger companies with multiple departments, it can be easy for these different groups to become isolated. Although they all work for the same company, cross-department relationships can be tricky if you simply don’t interact during business hours. A volunteering event can be a great opportunity to bridge the divide!
If your outing involves multiple departments that may not normally have a chance to interact much, break your overall groups into different groups made up of people from different departments to do the various tasks involved in the event.
Not only will your team be doing great work, but they will have a chance to talk and interact with coworkers they may not normally be able to. Facilitating these relationships will further deepen the camaraderie that naturally builds during these kinds of outings.
Don’t overlook the after-party
What is happening after your day of volunteering? After-event planning is an important part of the overall experience of a company volunteer outing. Once the event is over, keep the party rolling by coordinating plans afterward. What better way than over a meal and/or a couple of drinks?
One simple option is to reserve a side room or section of a good local pub for drinks and appetizers. If you want to do something a little more collaborative, plan a potluck or cookout at someone’s house or a park or even consider having some catered food served back at the office!
Nailing the “post-game” is a great way to cap off a day of rewarding volunteer work and gives even more chances for teambuilding, camaraderie and fun to be had with your team.
Fuel Merchandise Group can help create the perfect branded hats, shirts and much more to help give your next company volunteer outing an extra personal and fun touch.