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 Jleigh@nynjtc.org.