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Building Stronger Teams: The Benefits of Volunteering With Purpose

Volunteering can be a powerful way for employers and employees alike to build stronger teams and cultivate a culture of purpose.

Blog Author - Sabrina Kinslow
Sabrina Kinslow
Mar 1, 20244 minutes
Blog Author - Sabrina Kinslow
Sabrina Kinslow

As the VP, Volunteer Engagement at Catchafire, Sabrina leads the department in supporting highly-skilled, specialized volunteers in their efforts to create tangible impact for non-profit organizations and the communities they serve.

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In today’s rapidly evolving workplace, fostering a strong and cohesive team is foundational to achieving consistent success. One potentially overlooked strategy for uniting teams is impactful volunteerism. Beyond the purposeful engagement with communities, volunteerism can reshape organizational culture and strengthen bonds within teams. 

Team volunteering can be an effective catalyst for cultivating stronger team dynamics while achieving a shared sense of purpose, irrespective of geographical boundaries. Creating rewarding and impactful employee experiences like team volunteering will help you boost morale and retain top talent. 

Our volunteer engagement team shares the top benefits of team volunteering, for both your company and valued employees.

Benefits of Team Volunteering for Employers 

1. Enhance Employee Engagement and Morale 

A well-designed volunteer program provides employees with a platform to contribute meaningfully to causes they care about, instilling a sense of fulfillment. This heightened engagement translates into a more positive workplace environment, increased job satisfaction, and a stronger sense of loyalty among employees. A team that actively participates in meaningful volunteer activities is more likely to feel connected to their work and the company's mission. 

"With our team still being relatively new, I thought this was a great team-building exercise. It gave our team additional time to get to know each other and share ideas outside of our normal day-to-day activities.”

- Reggie R., Associate Director, Patient Assistance Program at Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation

2. Supports Collaboration and Communication 

Volunteer activities serve as fertile ground for honing essential soft skills vital for effective teamwork, such as communication and collaboration. Teams have to coordinate efforts, allocate resources, and problem-solve as a collective. These experiences directly translate to the workplace, improving team dynamics and cultivating harmonious working relationships.

3. Drive Recruitment and Retention Efforts 

A strong employee volunteer program contributes significantly to a company's brand. In an era where consumers and potential employees scrutinize corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, an active and impactful volunteer program becomes a distinguishing factor. This creates a more competitive edge in talent acquisition. 

Millennials and Gen Z employees, in particular, value opportunities for social impact and purpose-driven work. By offering robust team volunteering programs, employers can attract top talent who seek organizations aligned with their personal values. Moreover, these initiatives contribute to employee retention by fostering a sense of belonging and fulfillment in the workplace.

Related Article: Why You Should Offer Your Employees Volunteer Time Off

4. Promote Employee Development and Leadership Growth 

Volunteering offers employees a chance to develop new skills, broaden their perspectives, and take on leadership roles in supportive environments. By investing in employee’s personal and professional growth, employers foster a culture of continuous learning and empowerment. This dual impact enhances the company’s reputation as an employer committed to both community well-being and employee growth. 

5. Expand Company Impact 

Engaged employees drive positive social impact, benefiting the communities they serve. Companies can track and measure their impact, sharing these results with employees to demonstrate the value of their contributions. Studies have shown that companies with active employee volunteer programs experience higher levels of productivity and employee retention. The positive workplace culture cultivated through volunteerism can reduce absenteeism, boost morale, and ultimately contribute to the company's bottom line. 

Benefits of Team Volunteering for Employees

1. Deepen Understanding of Shared Values 

Engaging in volunteer projects allows employees to witness, firsthand, how their company’s values translate into action, reinforcing their sense of purpose and connection to the company’s mission. 

“I can find people who care about the same causes that I care about. It’s almost like you’re building this foundation for them, and then the nonprofits get to build whatever they want over it. If I can contribute even a little bit to that effort, ensuring that my support amplifies their work, I will spend an extra hour of my time to help them.”

- Chetna B., Volunteer

2. Foster Leadership and Growth

Volunteering empowers employees to step into leadership roles, exercise decision-making authority, and contribute meaningfully to their communities. The sense of fulfillment derived from making a tangible impact in the community can build confidence and enhance overall job satisfaction. 

3. Enhance Collaboration and Communication Skills

Collaborating on volunteer projects provides opportunities for employees to refine their communication skills, work effectively in teams, and adapt to diverse perspectives and work styles. 

4. Promote Well-being and Work-Life Balance

Engaging in volunteer activities outside of work provides employees with opportunities to recharge, reduce stress, and explore meaningful connections. These activities can help maintain a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives.

Get Started with Team Volunteering

Understanding the benefits of team volunteering is just the beginning. By demonstrating a commitment to supporting volunteer efforts, your company can inspire greater enthusiasm and involvement from your employees. 

One great way to get started is with Catchafire, an organization offering accessible, convenient, and flexible volunteer opportunities. By fostering strong relationships with regional and national nonprofits, Catchafire ensures that companies can contribute meaningfully to causes that align with their values and priorities, driving positive change both within their companies and the communities they serve. In addition, volunteers are empowered by being able to identify projects and causes that resonate with their interest and values, fostering a sense of ownership and personal investment in the program’s outcome. 

By actively engaging in volunteering, supported by the Catchafire platform or otherwise, you can contribute to meaningful causes and set the foundation for a more cohesive, empowered, and purpose-driven team.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.
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Blog Author - Sabrina Kinslow
Sabrina Kinslow
Mar 1, 20244 minutes

As the VP, Volunteer Engagement at Catchafire, Sabrina leads the department in supporting highly-skilled, specialized volunteers in their efforts to create tangible impact for non-profit organizations and the communities they serve.

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