Last year, 25% of the U.S. population spent time outside of work giving back and volunteering – whoa. Consider how much that percentage would grow if employees could volunteer through their jobs. That’s right, we’re talking paid volunteer time off (VTO).
When employees participate in company-sponsored volunteer projects, they thrive mentally and physically, and companies reap the benefits of high retention and increased revenue. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved.
This year, National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, and we’re giving you three reasons to #doVolunteer time off and give back to your communities with your coworkers!
1. You #DoGood
Every year, $4 billion (yes with a “B”) is raised through corporate giving, but combined with the billions of volunteer hours donated, the total is closer to $184 billion. That money is unrestricted, sustainable support that allows charities to continue their vital work nationwide. Whether your business is running a food or clothing drive, packing boxes or licking envelopes, your manpower maximizes what the nonprofits can do with their budgets. According to the Independent Sector, volunteers are valued at $23.56 per hour – can you imagine if charitable organizations had to allocate that money toward paying people to work? Volunteerism is so valuable to these charities. Less money spent on recruiting hands to get involved means more money put toward positively impacting the community.
2. Your Health and Wellbeing (and Company) Benefit
National Volunteer Week isn’t the only week to consider giving back and supporting your community. The Next PR team can’t wait to volunteer time off next week and throughout the year. Let’s #doGood together!