why: Business volunteerism can be a quadruple win.
Everyone involved has something
to companies that provide the employee volunteers, the
organizations where employees volunteer, the wider community and
the employees themselves. Such
efforts offer a low-cost, low-risk,
high-impact way of bringing the
knowledge, skills and experiences
of the business sector accessible to
the non-profit sector. It also builds
understanding, employee skill and
Experts agree that business professionals who volunteer find their
education, protection and treatexperiences inspiring, empowerment of hearing loss.
ing and sometimes life changing.
They are giving the opportunity to
practice service and compassion for
those who need it most.
For example, look at Orion Associates, a Minnesota social services
agency and Headwaters Relief Organization, the nonprofit the Orion
organization established to promote
and support volunteerism. The
agency has always sponsored group
volunteer projects and provides paid
time off for volunteerism.
addition to our disaster relief work, our emAs part of commitment to corporate responsibility, one of its corporate
missions is to in and engage with communities where they live and In ployees volunteer regularly through other agency
the past year, the Tartan Evolution team at Cargill has chosen on two occasions to sponsored group volunteer projects, including Toys
for Tots, Feed My Starving Children, the Susan G.
volunteer at Read Indeed, counting, sorting and packing books.
teams at Cargill, including my team, have made a commitment to partici- Komen Race for the Cure and Multiple Sclerosis
pate in several service projects each says Angelica King, senior IT consultant says Cheryl Vennerstrom, chief operating
at Cargill. personally believe that volunteering benefits each of us individually and officer, at Orion Associates and Headwaters Relief
our team as a whole. Each of us has learned more about literacy and the importance Organization.
Several years ago Orion established an agency
of literacy in building strong communities. Moreover, while volunteering at Read
Indeed our team has found a double benefit of giving back and team building. The goal of 90 percent participation of its management
environment at Read Indeed allows team members to work together in an open en- and administrative employees in volunteer activities. Employees can participate in agency sponvironment conducive to trying new tasks, talking with each other and having
From 3M to Target and General Mills, businesses of all shapes and sizes have sored events, disaster relief or projects and events
donated their time, collected books and donated funds to Read Indeed, helping hun- of their own choosing.
2011, 97% of our employees engaged in a
dreds of thousands of young children.
Starkey's mission is awareness,
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From collecting books to fitting hearing
aids to packaging meals that will be shipped
to all corners of the world, Minnesota
companies and their employees are doing
great deeds for those in need.