Engaged Employees Are Happy Employees
Employees who work for companies that encourage volunteerism report increased job satisfaction, a stronger connection to the community, and a more positive feeling about their employer. Here are three ways to engage your employees in a rewarding and impactful volunteer experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Host a recruitment event
Hundreds of Twin Cities youth are waiting to be paired with a caring adult. Help us share our youth mentoring opportunities with your employees by hosting a recruitment event, such as:
- Lunch & Learn
- Happy Hour
- Company Volunteer Fair
- Customized to fit your company’s culture (intranet, newsletter, poster in staff lounge, etc.)
Volunteer as a corporate group
Two of our programs — Free Arts‘ CREATE Workshops and Site-Based Mentoring’s Beyond School Walls — offer opportunities for employees to volunteer as a group. CREATE Workshops take place at nonprofit partner sites whose mission supports at-risk youth. Beyond School Walls brings youth to your workplace bi-weekly to learn about careers, do arts and crafts, play games, or just talk. BBBS staff provide support, coordinate activities, and ensure safety.
Many companies offer a matching gift program to support employees’ volunteer efforts. Contact your employer’s human resources or benefits representative for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts many fundraising and match events throughout the year. Your sponsorship helps us offset the costs associated with these events and allows your employees to see our programs in action through one-time volunteer opportunities. We’ll work with you to find the opportunity that fits with your goals, reaches your target audience, and provides meaningful sponsor benefits. Our event sponsorship opportunities fall into three categories:
- Match Events – free events that build and strengthen relationships between Bigs and Littles
- Fundraising Events – our annual Big Night gala, bowl-a-thon, other events that support our mission
- Volunteer Events – networking and appreciation events help us recognize and retain our volunteers
Culture of Employee Giving
Create a culture of giving at your organization by offering any or all of these opportunities for employees to support BBBS financially:
- Workplace giving program – designate BBBS as an option
- Matching gift programs – employee gifts and volunteer hours
- Host a Bowl For Kids’ Sake – peer to peer fundraising event; great employee engagement opportunity
Consider supporting BBBS programs through a grant, a gift toward a specific project, or a gift in kind:
- Grants – inform BBBS about your granting guidelines and process
- Project Support – we’ll work with you to find a project that fits your interests
- Gift In Kind – donate supplies, technology, equipment, etc.