How to Plan Corporate Summer Volunteer Events with Love Fund

Corporate volunteer events are a great way to deploy your company’s human resources towards a cause that benefits Kansas City as a whole. Planning a successful event requires time and energy, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

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Start by choosing the charity/cause you want to support. This will give your event definition and focus that will make it easier for your employees to get behind. As such, it’s important that the charity you sponsor resonates with your company’s goals and ideals. A good way to do this is to survey your staff to see what they’re interested in.

Next, consider the needs of the community at large. Is there something your city needs that it doesn’t have? Determine this and prepare to fill that niche; not only will filling an unfilled need make your company stand out, it’ll help round out the services being provided within the community, thus making it stronger. Often, you’ll discover a niche where someone is already working, but doesn’t have the “corporate muscle” to make the program as large as the community needs.

The next phase is the same as it is in any business: make a plan, identify event organizers/leaders, and gather your people. As you are organizing and planning, begin marketing. Make sure the community knows what you’re doing, when you’re going to be doing it, and where they can go to either volunteer, or receive the services you will be providing.

We encourage you to contact the Love Fund for more information about upcoming corporate volunteer events and ways you can become involved. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you all the details your company needs to determine the most effective course of action.

5 Ways Volunteering Can Lead to Better Leadership

One of the greatest benefits of volunteering is that it hones your leadership skills to a fine point. Not only does it sharpen your senses, it allows you to use the skills you have to create strong leaders who will follow you today, tomorrow, and long into the future. If you’re looking for ways to improve your leadership portfolio, the following five benefits are ones you can’t afford to ignore:

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  • Creates a bigger perspective. It takes you beyond what you’re used to and challenges you to use what you know in ways you never thought possible.
  • Hones your talent, and creates new ones. It even helps you discover talents you didn’t know you had. This gives you greater leverage over the long-run and allows you to expand your skills in new and exciting ways.
  • Generates influence. You’ll be seen as a leader, and that’s an invaluable perception to cultivate and grow. Through your volunteer efforts, you’ll meet many new people who will be eager to follow you wherever you go.
  • Gives you creative license. Let’s be honest, being a leader is about being creative. And, the freedom to experiment with creative ideas is at the core of being a volunteer.
  • Expands your network. One of the greatest benefits of volunteering is that you get to meet people from different industries and fields; this gives you a solid base from whence to expand your network of professional associations.

We invite you to contact Love Fund for more information about the benefits of volunteering. We’ll be happy to tell you what we do, why we do it, and the steps we take every day towards our goal of supporting Kansas City youth.