Build Your Team by Volunteering with Us on Trails

John K. Leigh

John K. Leigh

By John K. Leigh IV, Volunteer Coordinator

Imagine, if you will, building teamwork on your job while doing some great work for the community and environment. Now imagine building leadership and identifying your company’s rising stars at the same. Also imagine an employee volunteer program being seen as a benefit by many recent college graduates who are entertaining job offers.

Corporations often pay large fees for staff development programs, retreats, and training. One extremely successful alternative to such programs is a Corporate Volunteering Program or Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), in which the company partners with a nonprofit to benefit their communities through volunteer action. The Trail Conference offers companies such opportunities on trails in our region.

Volunteer programs have immediate and long-term benefits for the nonprofit organization and employer. The most obvious is the work accomplished for the nonprofit organization and the community. Benefits for the company include tax benefits, positive media exposure, and employee development.

According to one study, “Good Companies, Better Employees” (Tuffrey, 2003), employees of business who have a solid volunteer program have:

  • increased levels of employee satisfaction
  • positive affect on employee retention rates
  • more opportunities for employee development
  • lower incidence of absence
  • increased positive media coverage

All of this leads to a happier employer-employee relationship and a better corporate environment, all the while helping out the community.

There are many different ways to organize a volunteer program and even more ways the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference can help you accomplish your goals. Whether it’s a one-day project or a recurring program, we have the ability to help you engage on a vast collection of projects.

For more information, please contact John Leigh at

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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One Response to Build Your Team by Volunteering with Us on Trails

  1. Audrey Brooks says:

    Hi John,
    I loved the article about volunteering on trails. There is a great trail at FDR State Park and for those of you in the area that enjoy running, please put it to a good cause and come join the Mental Health Association’s 5 K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids’ Race there! For more information go to

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