Working with communities

Benefits of employer supported volunteering for community groups

Employers are increasingly seeking ways to address the rising expectation that business should act responsibly. The relationship between business and the voluntary sector has moved on, from asking for and donating money, to seeing the value in forming strategic partnerships that benefit all parties involved. Business in the Community estimates that 75% of FTSE 100 companies have some form of employee volunteering programme and the 2005 Citizenship Survey showed that 24% of employees worked for an employer who had a scheme for volunteering.

The benefits to a community group of working with business volunteers

  • improving understanding between community and business and building partnerships
  • harnessing new skills, knowledge and energy
  • undertaking important work which usually would not be funded
  • raising profile of your organisation
  • gaining an understanding of businesses and seeing a new perspective on different ways of working
  • feeling valued by local companies and gaining confidence to approach other supporters