By Denise Romanelli
Why do people volunteer? People find different reasons to volunteer their time and each hour they spend giving to others has so many rewarding benefits.
Today’s media overstimulates the population and it’s important to get back to basics through face to face interactions.
When a company allows their employees to volunteer on work time, that speaks volumes about their commitment to the community.
There are many benefits for companies to support volunteerism. According to the Gallup Daily, 51% of employees are actively looking for other employment, and 70% of employees are not engaged at their workplace.
Companies who allow staff to volunteer increases not only employee engagement, but also retention. It improves employee development skills such as leadership and networking which are beneficial to job performance.
Employees feel a sense of purpose and camaraderie with their co-workers and other volunteers. They feel empowered to be their best selves and be part of a solution.
These moments of volunteering initiates positive conversation and promotes good physical and mental health.
According to a study by John Hopkins, volunteering reduces levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and increases brain function causing the “happiness effect” experienced through the release of dopamine in the brain.
Companies who subscribe to corporate social responsibility gain exposure for an improved public image, and 55% of consumers say they will pay more for products from a socially responsible company.
It also increases customer loyalty if corporate values align with their personal values.
There are so many charities in need of volunteers, how to choose can be challenging. For those who do not volunteer due to lack of availability, there are many ways to give back depending on the skill set you have to offer.
Working from home on projects, developing social media pages, are just some ways you can give of your time. Finding a purpose that is important to you is a good place to start.
You can also go to the website Volunteer Match to help you find the right fit for you.
Watch for my next article on corporate social responsibility of companies in our county.
Denise Romanelli has a background as an independent training consultant, community advocate, journalist, and Delaware County Community College adjunct instructor. She serves as Executive Director of Sun East Charitable Foundation; is a member of Friends of the Delaware County Women’s Commission; and received recognition for her community service commitments throughout her career.