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Benefits of company volunteerism

Companies reap numerous benefits from employee volunteerism efforts, including:

- Leveraging grant dollars

Directing both a company’s contributions dollars and its employees’ time and talent to the same causes can sometimes produce results far greater than either could do on their own.

- A recruiting edge

Many companies find that a solid volunteerism program can be an important employee recruitment and retention tool.

- A stable commitment

Volunteerism can help a company increase its commitment to the community, even in lean economic times, when it might not be able to increase its charitable grant dollars.

- Teamwork

Company-sponsored volunteer activities can foster team spirit and allow people to get to know their colleagues outside the workplace.

- Leadership

Volunteer opportunities encourage employees to take the lead.

- New skills

Volunteering challenges employees to learn new skills that may help them in their careers.

Source: Minnesota Council on Foundations

Dan Burdett

Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.

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