Ahh, it’s January 2016 and the weather outside (at least here in Charlotte, NC) is quite chilly. Brrr! Nothing says a little fun, yet also beneficial fun like a company special event! Is your company planning to have a special event soon?
Sponsoring a coat drive, a community breakfast, or even an afternoon jogging event could all be helpful and fun not only for members of the company, but also for those in the community. If your company doesn’t have a special event planned soon, in what ways could you encourage giving back to your community through a company sponsored event & how would you manage volunteers? We want to share a few ways that your company can give back through special events at the start of this year.
1. Donating Hats, Gloves, & Coats to Local Shelters
Encouraging employees, family members, & friends to donate hats, gloves, & coats to a local shelter selected by your business can make a huge difference in someone’s life by reaching out and assisting with their needs. You can even set up several stations in your workplace for donations.
2. Holding a Community Breakfast
Nothing says kindness and shared fun like a community breakfast with a variety of foods and beverages for all to choose from. Consider holding a community breakfast in conjunction with a local food bank or meal provider that will give you the opportunity to reach out and speak with others in your community. Your company's participants can sign up through your event scheduler so you'll know who's planning to attend & how each will help.
3. Sponsoring an Afternoon Jog in a Local Park for a Charity
An invigorating jog definitely sounds great for your colleagues and team members. Sponsor an afternoon jog to get out of the office and into nature while encouraging coworkers & participators to donate proceeds to a local charity.
4. Having a Wintry Baking Contest & Donating Proceeds
Baking really brings a special touch to the lives of others especially when it’s homemade. Whether one of your colleagues makes an awesome apple pie, or a supreme spice cake, team members can enter into the contest by signing up through your online planner and paying a fee that will go towards proceeds donated to an organization of your business’ choice.
5. Sponsoring a Learn-A-New-Skill Day for Children
Remember “Shadow Day” when children would go to work with their parents for a day and see what they do? Turn “Shadow Day” on its head and invite your colleagues’ children to learn a new skill at your business one evening that you could also incorporate with teaching life skills and lessons. What skills would your colleagues teach?
Those are just 5 ways that your business can enjoy a little fun and give back to others at the start of 2016 (and when more than one person is involved in a venture, the influence is greater). We know that there are a number of other ways you can stay enlightened this Winter, and encourage you to share some ideas with us by tweeting with the hashtag #HowWeGiveBack.
Feel free to drop us a comment in the box below sharing your ideas and how your business schedules fun while also helping others.