Volunteering with Johnson County Youth
During these uncertain times, young people need your help!
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Although formal education is crucial for personal and professional development, children also develop many of the “soft skills” critical for future success outside of the classroom. A positive role-model at home, mentorship or counseling from a professional can spark a huge confidence boost and help that child acquire skills to succeed in the future.
Over the past year we’ve seen a decline in activities that help children develop these much-needed skills and we’re calling on the community to step up and help out! Area nonprofits that serve our students need volunteers to help with student mentoring, activities, and networking.
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United Way Volunteer Opportunities
How to improve your organization’s culture, increase employee engagement, and boost productivity? Develop an Employer sponsored Volunteerism Program! (EVP)
Smart business leaders use employer-sponsored volunteerism to create a more engaged organizational culture, increase employees’ teamwork and people skills, boost productivity, and retain their best employees.
To do this, a business provides organizational support to its employees, often as paid time off, in order to encourage volunteering in the wider community. Programs like this aren’t limited to large companies; small businesses across the country also develop employer-sponsored volunteerism connections.
Employees are reporting more and more that it is important to them that their employer creates a culture of giving and volunteering. When volunteering through their employer, employees report a more positive attitude towards their job.
Setting up an EVP is simple. There are three main steps:
- Develop guidelines and policies. Make it clear who is eligible to participate (full-time employees only? Part-time also? Interns?), what activities count, and the process for approving time off.
- Encourage your employees to volunteer – rewarding them when they do. Make the partnership and guidelines known to your employees.
- Provide a list of nonprofits in your community that need volunteers. Keep in mind that giving employees more than 1 or 2 options allows them to pick a need that aligns with their passions.
Do you have an EVP at your business or organization? Tell us about it and get a window cling to display.