Saturday, July 28, 2012

Guest Post: The Benefits of Positive Volunteering for Your Business



(Note: Today's post is is a guest post written about something that is close to my heart: Volunteering and actually doing something, rather than just talking, about making our world a better place to live. Enjoy! - Mike)

The Benefits of Positive Volunteering for Your Business 
by Heather Smith

Volunteering is fun and exciting for people of all ages. It gets people in new social situations. They explore new career options. They love the feeling of being part of something larger than themselves. Volunteering can provide individuals with a great opportunity to get to know the inner workings of your company, experience a fun event and help your business thrive at the same time. If your company is thinking about collaborating with volunteers for a charity event or business event, then here are some reasons you should consider working with volunteers.

1. Boost the enthusiasm for your brand.

Your business will boost the enthusiasm that people have for your brand. Volunteers are often thrilled to help promote a product for a major brand because of the free products they receive. Your business can work out an arrangement with volunteers where they receive a free hotel room, meals and other surprises for working with your company. Volunteers will feel more committed in encouraging others to sign up for your company's event or trying out your company's product because of this. You will see them smiling, laughing and having a great time with others who can be potential customers for your business in the future.

2. Give others a purpose.

Volunteers often have some extra time on their hands and enjoy finding fun ways to spend their time. Perhaps your company is hosting a charity event that will help boost funds for breast cancer. Maybe your company is hosting a cookout and needs some people to act as servers or hosts for a silent auction. Your company can reach out to community members to find individuals who want to serve as volunteers for this charity event. Community members feel empowered when they know that they are working for a goal that is greater than themselves. They will have a greater sense of purpose, and that is a gift that your company can provide to individuals.

3. Help a great cause.

Your business and volunteers will ultimately benefit by helping a great cause. Whether your business is hosting an AIDS awareness event or charity ball that is dedicated to raising funds for the local children's hospital, everyone benefits from donating time for furthering these causes. Your business will be able to build stronger ties with the community, a better reputation and may even find new business opportunities by participating in these types of community events.

4. Have fun.

Volunteers have a blast when they help with a company promotion, golf course event or charity ball. They love being able to witness the socialites that attend these events and contributing their time to a great cause. They can also meet with other volunteers who have similar interests as them.

Your business benefits when it decides to collaborate with volunteers for events. Volunteers add an extra boost of energy to any event that your company decides to host. Your company can take itself to the next level of success by collaborating with enthusiastic volunteers.


Author Bio
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to nanny service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

1 comment:

Andrew Joseph said...

I understand that this is about a company working with a charity... but where do the volunteers come from?
And... do the volunteers get 'rewarded' at all? T-shirt? Resume boosting? Just curious.