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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose. As a result, you choose to spend your time on issues you feel strongly about. Why volunteer? If you are greatly concerned about the treatment and well-being of the earth, for example, volunteering at an institution that advocates for change of human behavior to reduce adverse effects of climate change will help you address a social problem that is meaningful to you.

For some, it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Surprising Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community. The benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others helps you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose.

Volunteering helps you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, feel happier, and feel healthier.

Why Volunteer with the Global Goals?

There is a universal call to action to:

  • end poverty
  • protect the planet
  • ensure all humanity on earth enjoy peace and prosperity

This is the blueprint of the Sustainable Development Goals for a better and sustainable future for all.

To learn more about the SDGs, click here.

A set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also known as the Global Goals) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030 were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. These global goals are universal, inclusive and signal a bold commitment to people and the planet. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face,.

The SDGs cannot be achieved without people’s engagement at all stages, and without new partnerships, including with volunteer groups.  Volunteer groups can be brokers of and provide spaces for engagement, connecting institutional initiatives with volunteer action at the community level.

E_2018_SDG_Poster_without_UN_emblem_Letter US showing the 17 Goals

For the purposes of this post, we address volunteering and entrepreneurs in the startup and small business niche.

Volunteer Action for Entrepreneurs

Entreps

Entreps began as an informal off-line lobby on the 26th of June, 2010 (sixty-five years after the founding of the United Nations). It is now an official community around the world that studies, defends, promotes and shares with entrepreneurs (entreps), business people, investors, mentors, leaders, companies, associations, entities, and governments. Entreps is thus the United Nations for entrepreneurs.

Would you love to build a world-class ecosystem of entrepreneurs supported by the community?

But first, let us get out this of the way.

5th Global Entreps Awards Nomination

Entreps adorns its best finery every year via the Global Entreps Awards.

The Global Entreps Awards are the Oscars for Sustainable Business Development in the world. Organizations, institutions, companies, and individuals who achieve outstanding results in innovation without any negative impact on the planet are rewarded. These are the trendsetters that lead to the permanent transformation of society’s dreams and making a difference.

How to proceed

Self-nominate or to nominate others for the Global Entreps Awards in any of the 17 UN SDG categories.

Follow the link and fill in details with supporting documents.

You can nominate yourself or another candidate if they fulfill any of the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals (SDGs)

Who can be nominated?

A public figure

Outstanding initiative

Successful policies

Iinstitutions

Start-ups

 

Qualifications for 30 awards, 30 different chapters for 126 countries

Sustainable

Devoted to the 17 UN  Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.

Candidates can fill their own candidatures themselves 

Use these hashtags: #EntrepsAwards and #5Gcitizens @Hazloe3, @extraordinari, @Entreps_Global, and @JoaquinBoston on Twitter.

Who does not qualify
  • Any political party
  • Religious entities
Rules

Do not criticize anyone.

Highlight only those who are exceptional, both locally and international.

Can a Small Business Give Back?

As a small business, how important is it to volunteer?

A study on volunteering showed 62 percent of 18 to 26-year-olds polled preferred to work for a company that offered volunteer opportunities (Deloitte Volunteer Impact Survey, 2007).

Another study about millennials and volunteering in the workplace found that 63 percent of millennial women and 45 percent of millennial men said that a company’s work on charitable causes helped influence them to accept a job offer.

In a study by Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship (2005), 84 percent of company executives reported bottom-line benefits after they started a volunteer program.

Deloitte’s 2017 Volunteerism Survey results indicate that creating a culture of volunteerism in the workplace may boost morale, workplace atmosphere, and brand perceptio

A small business can find creative ways to volunteer in the community the business operates in. It allows staff and employees to operate in an all-inclusive new way. This also creates a sense of empowerment.

thextraordinarionly why volunteer with a startup or small business blog post by Hazlo Emma

Do you have to create a volunteer program for your business?

The goals of the volunteer program must align with your business plan, goals, objectives and vision.

Engage the employees, Use surveys to determine all the details of the volunteer program.  After identifying the specific issues to focus on in the community, define the goals and the steps that need to be taken to be successful and effective.

Register the voluntary arm of the business with relevant bodies in your country.

Create an online presence for awareness and recruit members globally. The duties should be distributed according to the strengths of the employees. You may decide to give your employees paid time to volunteer.

Volunteering and Startup Companies

Startup companies with great potential look for talented volunteers to become part of their team. You help them grow and create jobs. If you are passionate, with a can-do attitude you can support the startup community with your expertise and dedication.

When volunteering abroad, you can go on short, week-long excursions, or you can commit to much longer periods of volunteering; You could even join an organization like the Peace Corps for a long-term experience, where you can volunteer in fields like agriculture, education, health, economic development, and youth development.

Love is the most powerful motivator in the world. It spurs mortals to greatness. Their noblest, bravest acts are done for love.
– Rick Riordan

Challenges in Volunteering and Dealing with Volunteers For Startups and Small Businesses

When you know the most common challenges in dealing with employees who volunteer, managing them in your organization’s volunteer program becomes easier.

Inadequate Resources

Why are resources always inadequate?

Since volunteers perform tasks for free, volunteer managers and organization leadership might mistakenly think that a volunteer management program does not need much – or any – funding. Without resources to attract, train, and honor them, volunteers can hardly establish and maintain the crucial support of the organization to meet its objectives. There are creative ways that your volunteer program can use to ensure its self-sustaining.

Motivation of Volunteers

Research is not adequate on my some volunteers remain motivated while others are not. it is unknown why some people get involved and stay involved while other people quickly grow tired of volunteering or refuse to volunteer. Keeping volunteers intrinsically motivated by using recognition, along with little or no monetary value, you reinforce the idea that they are volunteering because it is meaningful to them.

For both employees and volunteers, extrinsic motivation results in people working banker’s hours. Many people may volunteer for career-related motives and would not want to continue volunteering for the long term without remuneration or career achievements. A small business and/or s startup needs to  plan to remunerate volunteers and create career development models or stand the risk of losing them, with negative effects

Time Scheduling

Employees have different times when they would like to volunteer. That means you have to coordinate their schedules for your organization to achieve its goals. This is not easy when you want some volunteers to work together. Inconsistencies in interests, efforts, and time across may pose a challenge.

Technology today has solved this barrier. There are a lot of digital interventions that make volunteer scheduling easy with automatically assigned schedules based on your volunteers’ work time preferences. with features like unlimited number of schedulers, scheduled email reminders, and text message alerts.

Leadership Support

Has your organization set up a leadership encouragement and support system?

You want to ensure that one does not stay in a leadership position until burnt out. Sometimes, you may have high hopes in a volunteer but they do not want to lead and suddenly drop off. That means the organization has to interrupt the schedules of the other employees to have them perform the tasks of that volunteer or recruit a new volunteer.

Frequently hold sessions to pass on information, share ideas about activities, and celebrate successes. When your team in the volunteer program discuss issues and challenges and brainstorm ways to grow their out, it helps build a community. No one feels alone. New leaders are supported.

Insufficient Volunteers

Which organization ever has enough volunteers?

At times, employees may be required to step up and use their networks to recruit more volunteers.

Proper Volunteer Management

For nonprofit organizations, volunteers are the majority. That means they are responsible for performing the most daily tasks in these organizations. They are not paid like employees of a profit-making organization.

If they are not managed they underperform. More than one-third of those who volunteer one year do not donate their time the next year – to any other nonprofit. That adds up to an estimated $38 billion in lost labor.

Conclusion

Successful volunteer programs should strive to address real needs in the community. They should forge meaningful relationships with community members in need and connect volunteers with opportunities that match their passions and skills. Listen to understand what your target community wants. Make your choices wisely since you can not solve all the problems.

Always evaluate the mission, goals, and processes for your volunteer program. A bad volunteer program model can ruin a good company.

If your research and planning at the onset are clear, you will run a more efficient volunteer program. Don’t bring a volunteer in until you have everything worked out, from the job description to a place to work with proper equipment, to something to do immediately.

 

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8 thoughts on “Why Volunteer?”

  1. Elder LeQuinte L Long

    Volunteering is awesome. It does give you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Volunteering also works on your humility because as a volunteer you don’t get paid but fulfillment eases the pressures on your mind. As we learned in this article it helps lower stress and reduce blood pressure. In conclusion volunteering is not for those who we are helping its is for us volunteers

      1. Hi talented author,Hazlo Emma first of all,I am honored to be here,thank you for your information let me know what a small business can find create ways to volunteer& why volunteer with a start-ups in this community “sustainable development GOAS “,if you want me to express myself volunteer program is via social media networks experience for example twitter and LinkedIn profile members where there network could support your social security community and interactively with group’s mates ,especially LinkedIn networks professional fields platform not only exchange your expertise experience with online connectors but also learning New knowledge each other,
        Finally my conclusion is:
        I would like to proposed several reasons why volunteers start-ups reference:
        (1)lack of learning and researching motivation
        (2) volunteer bad business working environment and lack money to invest.
        (3) leader of business do insufficient the management of strategy planting.
        (4) poor self learning ability and the goal of reached .
        (5) uninspired leading materials and excellent talented .
        Above these suggestions that could support your reference.
        Sincerely yours
        Stanley Chen
        Nov.20,2019

        1. Hello Stanley, I am so glad you have highlighted these pertinent challenges in volunteering and working with volunteers. The article was updated accordingly. Thank you.

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  2. This is really interesting. I agree wholeheartedly that volunteering is both critically important for society, but also for the volunteer. When I volunteer, my life feels more meaningful, more expansive and I feel more connected. All of those feelings are important as an individual but also as a citizen. When I was at a very small startup, we all decided to have several days a year where our employees could take off from work and volunteer–it was mandatory to give back. And last summer my son was in an internship and they had a day to do it together as well.

    I have not heard of Entreps before, so I learned a lot from this post–but it also makes you think and that’s critical to growing and enhancing our society as well. Great post; thank you!

    1. Volunteering can lead you to unchartered waters. Children do what they see their parents and caregivers doing. You are an exemplary Dana. This feedback is encouraging. Let me know how it goes with EntrepAwards.

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