Work perks: Volunteering on company time [Partner]
I’ve always had a soft spot for companies that are committed to giving back to their communities. There’s something to be said for businesses that are actively making their neighborhoods better.
Mazuma Credit Union is one of those companies. “We get up every day and try to make Kansas City a better place to live, work and bank,” says Brandon Michaels, CEO of Mazuma.
The not-for-profit financial institution grants employees 40 paid hours to get out into their communities and volunteer. Now, they’re taking it a step further—Mazuma will host Giveback Day, basically a company-wide field trip for good.
On Oct. 9, the credit union will close its nine locations so all 175 employees can volunteer with Christmas in October.
This year, Kansas City’s Christmas in October project will renovate approximately 400 low income homes, including homes of veterans, the elderly and the disabled.
Giving employees time off to volunteer is just good business. Here’s why:
Setting an example
Volunteering to better the community shows good corporate citizenship and can cause a ripple of community service.
Attracting top talent
Young job seekers say they are looking to tap into a higher purpose. The option to volunteer in the community while on the job helps employees feel a part of a corporate mission.
Boosting office morale
Not only does volunteering promote team building, but studies suggest that employees who volunteer through their employer are happier both in life and at work. It’s science.
Demonstrating corporate values
A recent study shows 87 percent of Americans consider a company’s values when making consumer decisions.
Bettering the community
Whether you’re cleaning streets and parks, tutoring students, cuddling kittens or feeding those who can’t afford a hot meal, every effort makes a difference. The smallest of acts can make a big difference in someone’s life.
To learn more about Mazuma Credit Union, visit mazuma.org.