To help you along the way, we’ve developed the following tips for creating and sustaining your own corporate volunteer program.

Five Tips for Creating a Volunteer Program

  1. Start at the top. Begin by identifying business objectives that will benefit from active community interaction and seek support from senior management. Ensure that the senior management team is well-versed in the program and prepared to applaud and defend it both internally and externally.
  2. Focus. Find out what employees are interested in and where your company is already donating time or money. Build a program around those areas of interests. Create a select list of appropriate organizations to make it easy for employees to choose.
  3. Celebrate. Recognizing employee participation and highlighting success stories raises awareness of the program. Keep enthusiasm high for future projects by recognizing outstanding volunteers and projects.
  4. Keep the lines of communication open. Seek feedback from employees about what works and what doesn't and be willing to make adjustments.
  5. Get involved. Join an existing, or start your own, local corporate social responsibility group to learn from other companies who have implemented successful volunteer programs. Local Corporate Volunteer Councils (CVC) can help facilitate this exchange of information and assist in getting the process going.

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