Volunteering is Good Business
Volunteer organization helps businesses connect with volunteer
(ARA) – Corporate community involvement is on the
rise as more companies recognize the many benefits of being socially
responsible. When employees volunteer for a good cause, the
community, the employee, and the company benefit.
Most corporations recognize that volunteer work
can strengthen team building, increase team morale, improve
recruitment and retention of employees, and enhance the company
image. Employees can also benefit from developing skills that may
translate to the workplace, not to mention the satisfaction of
making their community a better place.
As a result, a number of businesses employ an
administrator to coordinate a company’s community involvement
efforts. At Washington Mutual, the seventh largest bank in the
United States, Assistant Vice President Marcia Long is responsible
for coordinating these service activities. She heads a team of five
regional managers who oversee volunteer efforts in their regions.
“Community involvement is very important to us
here at Washington Mutual,” says Long. “We have 61,000 employees in
nearly 40 states, and I’m happy to say a good majority of them take
the time to volunteer in their communities. We participated in close
to 2,000 projects nationwide last year.”
VolunteerMatch's corporate service is
specifically designed to meet the unique needs of leading
corporations who recognize the economic and social value of
corporate volunteerism. The service provides an innovative,
effective and easy way for employees to find places to volunteer,
while giving corporations a streamlined method for maintaining and
promoting their commitment to community involvement.
Long credits the success of Washington Mutual’s
volunteer efforts with the fact that the company makes it easy for
employees to participate. “We provide all our employees with
information about volunteer opportunities in their various
communities with the help of VolunteerMatch,” says Long.
VolunteerMatch has worked well for Microsoft too.
“It helps us enhance how we support organizations we want to help,”
says Rodney Hines, program manager for Microsoft. The company
leverages VolunteerMatch to highlight community service
organizations and volunteer opportunities that align with their
mission and philanthropic objectives. In addition, Microsoft can
post events open only to their corporate employees, like projects
for their Day of Caring. "I like the fact that we can feature our
own events, in addition to general volunteer opportunities," says
Employees interested in volunteering simply enter
their ZIP code on their company’s version of VolunteerMatch to find
places to volunteer. Signing up is as easy as “point and click,” as
indicated by the fact that since launch of VolunteerMatch in 1998,
the service has generated more than 1,200,000 volunteer referrals.
And, since any nonprofit or tax-exempt organization can list
volunteer opportunities within the VolunteerMatch network, employees
are ensured access to the latest, most up-to-date volunteer
opportunities in their community.
"With VolunteerMatch's corporate service, we'll
be able to reach more employees, including those in rural areas, and
manage nationwide volunteer projects,” said Washington Mutual’s
Long. “It’s much easier than any paper-based system you could dream
For more information on VolunteerMatch Corporate,
call (415) 241-6883, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
also visit the Web site at
Courtesy of ARA Content