Building team, building community
Seven ways to bond with coworkers while giving back
At a Glance: Head out to help the community by serving meals to the hungry or raising money for a great cause with your co-workers. It’ll also make your team stronger.
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Many of us want to make a difference, whether it’s at work or in our communities. That makes it a smart move for employers to offer ways for their staff to volunteer together — and for you to jump at the chance to get involved.
Giving back through work is a great way to connect with co-workers, get to know people outside of your department and even learn new skills that are useful personally and professionally. All the while, you and your team can share that glow from helping others.
Here are 7 inspiring group volunteer projects to get you started.
Put the build in team building
Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity provide a great place for co-workers to pitch in together on a meaningful project. You might spend a day making window frames, plastering, painting or landscaping, all while helping construct a new home for a family in need.
Feed the hungry
Sometimes a bag of groceries or a warm meal can make all the difference. Consider holding a food drive at work and delivering the donations to a food shelf or helping prepare meals at a homeless shelter. Your team will walk away knowing others won’t go to bed hungry.
Recruit a team
Get a group together for a charity bike ride, run or walk to raise money for a meaningful cause. Consider avenues like the MS150 bike ride, the Relay for Life Cancer Walk or the Great Cycle Challenge to support pediatric cancer research. Your team of employees will bond during training leading up to the event, and they might even improve their own health, too.
Clean and green
Spend an afternoon cleaning up a local park, trail or beach, or offer to beautify the landscaping at a nonprofit by taking care of spring cleanup, trimming shrubs and planting flowers.
Contact a nursing home, children’s hospital or organization for veterans to see what needs they have. Make a date to spend an afternoon playing bingo, cards or games with their clients, or cheer them up with a seasonal party.
Lend a hand
Volunteer as a group to staff a special event like a city festival, race or outdoor concert. It’s a great way to publicize your company’s commitment to giving back — and the community will thank you.
Teach the children
Connect with a local school and ask how your company can help. You may be able to adopt their library or playground. Another option is to reach out to organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or the local Boys & Girls Club to see if they need workplace or on-site mentors.
Make the most difference in your community — and your team — by asking employees what causes they are most interested in, then act on it and really get to know your co-workers.