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Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington
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46 Cork Street East, Unit 1, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2W8
Phone: 519-822-0912 | Email: info@volunteerguelphwellington.on.ca
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Time to Give Challenge - Employer Supported Volunteerism  

The Time To Give Challenge is an initiative developed by the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington to encourage employers to promote volunteerism among their employees. By taking the “Time to Give Challenge”, employers (of any size or sector!) register with the Volunteer Centre and receive an employer toolkit. This includes: a primer, promotional materials, volunteer referrals, and training and consultation on setting up an employee volunteer program. We are encouraging employers to: Lead by Example. Make a commitment. Start a revolution.

What is Employer Supporter Volunteerism? 
Employer Supported Volunteerism is defined as: employees who perform work in the community with some form of support and/or encouragement from their employer. (Source: Volunteer Canada, 2004). 

The benefits to businesses who chose to support the volunteerism of their employees is threefold:

Employer benefits

  • Enhances company’s public image
  • Builds goodwill within the community
  • Improves relations with the community
  • Increases the level of productivity
  • Lowers employee absenteeism
  • Greater attractiveness to prospective employees
  • Increases employee morale and loyalty
  • Satisfaction that carries over to work atmosphere
  • Increases business investment
  • Gains a competitive edge
  • Provides a team building opportunity

Employee benefits

  • Positive involvement in the community
  • Networking possibilities
  • Connection to the community
  • Share your skills
  • Meet new people
  • Gain new skills
  • Personal growth
  • Enhanced job satisfaction
  • Enhanced feeling of self esteem and self worth
  • Feeling part of a team

Community benefits

  • Increases the number of skilled volunteers
  • Breaks down social barriers
  • Improves social and economic problems
  • Increases opportunities for financial support
  • Creates greater people power
  • Improves the environment
  • Encourages a sense of community
  • Educates the public about the value and needs of the non-profit sector
  • Increases the quality and quantity of volunteers in the community

The Volunteer Centre has further information on the benefits of an employee volunteer program, sample policies and procedures, success stories, frequently asked questions, tips, and additional resources for your interest. Contact us!

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