A lot of large corporations, like Google, Amazon, and Capital One encourage their employees to volunteer and give back to the community. They often form “volunteer days” as team building activities. In my experience, these have been more about getting out of the office and less about volunteering for something you’re passionate about.
Volunteering for organizations and causes you’re passionate about only energizes you to give more to your work as well. The team at Commonwealth PR agrees, and we all spend some time giving back.
For me, I can’t just do a few hours here and there. I go all in – with a full weekend at least twice a year devoted to my favorite organization – Comfort Zone Camp. CZC is a bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced a major death in their lives. I’m matched one-on-one with a little buddy for a full weekend of fun activities and, yes, talking about grief.
While I’m at camp, I’m not directly learning about public relations or strategizing how to get results for clients; but, I am learning so much about myself each camp I attend. I learn how to communicate better, how to be a better leader, and so much more.
It helps that volunteerism is a part of our culture at Commonwealth PR. My team picks up the slack when I take a half day off to make it to camp on time on Friday. And sometimes, I need that Monday following to process and recover from sleeping in a bunk bed. They all pitch in to ensure our clients are taken care of and nothing falls through the cracks.
How are you transforming your community? Or how can you promote your team to find an organization their passionate about?
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