Time2Volunteer is working with businesses and volunteer organisations across Hull and East Yorkshire to provide a more accessible and structured way to involve corporate volunteers.
What is corporate or employee supported volunteering?
Businesses are increasingly keen to contribute to their local community and this often involves supporting charitable or community-based projects.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), where businesses consider their social, environmental, and other responsibilities, is now an important part of many companies’ activities.
It brings benefits such as recruiting and retaining motivated staff, improving brand awareness and helping to increase sales or profits.
These businesses may offer several volunteering days to staff per year. For them, especially large businesses with lots of staff, this means finding suitable new and different volunteer opportunities on a regular basis.
Why are we engaging?
HEY Smile Foundation and Hull CVS manage Time2Volunteer but several partners of Time2Volunteer are businesses, including KCOM and Reckitt, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.
We regularly work with corporate businesses to source and recommend volunteer opportunities for their staff to take part in, both individuals and teams.
This takes time and knowledge, and often we only refer corporates on to volunteer organisations whom we know and who have worked with corporates in the past.
As Time2Volunteer is an online volunteering platform for Hull and East Riding that advertises local volunteer opportunities, we want this to include corporate specific opportunities.
Creating a directory of sorts to be able to give to corporates as part of their support package, gives them more control and means that they will easily be able to see different types of volunteer opportunities and organisations that their staff can engage with.
How can we help?
We can support businesses and volunteer organisations to think outside the box and consider how they can get more involved with corporate volunteer opportunities.
If you have engaged with corporate volunteering before, or if it's something that you are interested in, you may want to join our event on Wednesday 29th March at KCOM in Hull: Employer Supported Volunteering Workshop
For advice and to find out about the benefits, why not check out the new corporate volunteer guides on our Resources page?
If you would like inspiration around how it has worked well before, browse some corporate case studies.
For further support, please contact us!