‘Tis the Season: Employee Volunteering for the Holidays

Around this time of year, when it starts snowing outside and on our blog, people usually feel the need to be nice(r). Could it be residual behaviour from our childhood days when we felt like we needed to make up for an entire year’s worth of mischief at the last-minute in an effort to get on a certain man in a red suit’s ‘Nice’ list? Whatever it is, the holidays get most people in the mood to do good.

Every year, many employees around the city donate their time and talents through volunteer activities over the holidays. There are many ways in which you can get your team involved in the community.

Here are some ideas to get your started:

Be an elf for a day! During the Christmas season non-profit organizations – especially those that serve the city’s homeless population distribute stuffed socks, more practical than Christmas stockings! The socks are filled with health necessities like: toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo, and also some special Christmas treats. Check out organizations like the Mustard Seed and the Drop-In Centre. Sign-up quick! These volunteer opportunities fill up fast.

Decorate a non-profit!  Many client serving non-profits enjoying have a decorated office for the holidays, but do not necessarily have the resources or the time to make it happen! Take a small team from your office and spend an afternoon spreading Christmas cheer!

Adopt a family! and incorporate wrapping the gifts as a team, driving them to the family together or volunteering at the non-profit with the donation drive. This will increase the impact the donation drive has on understanding of how you are helping. Consider Propellus non-profit members like Neighbourlink Calgary.

Too complicated? Simplify! Challenge your team to do a good deed and then have them report back on what they did over a pot luck lunch! Their deed could be anything from being a Snow Angel by helping a neighbour shovel their walks, taking an elderly person in their community to do their Christmas shopping or helping a friend in need with their Christmas baking.

Perues the opportunities to see how you and your team can get involved this holdout season.

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