What volunteering means to you.....

The main reason any individual, business or community group will volunteer their time, money or resources is very simple – to help someone who needs it. And what could be more rewarding than that?!

However, there are also lots of other reasons volunteering can be brilliant for you and your business, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share them with you here.

As a business
We work with lots of different businesses from big to small, in a wide variety of different capacities, and we couldn’t do the fantastic work we do without them. They contribute in so many ways but providing the opportunity for their staff to volunteer their time has huge benefits, both to us, to them and to the people volunteering.

Volunteering is great for professional development and building new skills to take back to the workplace. This could be organisational skills (helping us organise pick up and drop off Christmas trees), people skills (taking calls and replying to emails from those looking to support us), and even physical skills (it’s hard work moving Christmas trees!).

Volunteering also helps to improve team communication as employees from different parts of the organisation often meet for the first time. It helps businesses engage their staff, giving them the chance to do something meaningful as part of their employments which in turn helps to retain staff, who appreciate what a great company they work for. Businesses can also benefit from a positive PR and brand recognition boost as the wider community see how involved they are in giving back to the local community.

As an individual
Giving up your own time to someone who can really benefit from your help has so many positives: from boosting self-confidence and self-esteem, to life satisfaction! The act of doing good for others and the community, provides a natural sense of accomplishment that can often be missing from our day to day lives. Working as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity, building skills for the workplace, and meeting new like-minded people.

As a group
Whether local scouts, church group or book club, volunteering as a community collective, helps to unite people from diverse backgrounds, builds friendships and improves social skills. Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships by working towards a common goal.

We have so many wonderful, generous volunteers that work with us already, we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. And if our blog has inspired you, or your business, to join the JustHelping team, we’d love to hear from you.