Eight Strategies to Grow Your Volunteer Program

B:CIVIC strives to share best practices in the CSR and ESG spaces. We are proud to connect with our investors and elevate their stories and expertise. Thank you to Tory Woods, DISH Cares senior lead, for contributing. Learn more about DISH Cares here and read Tory’s insights below.

A dozen Dish Cares volunteers paint tiles outside for a beautification project.
Volunteers with DISH Cares work on a beautification project.

As companies return to hybrid and in-office roles, the value of employee engagement opportunities and culture will continue to grow. For employees, an important aspect of this transition is feeling a sense of purpose and community; for many, this is found through volunteer events.  

Throughout the past year I have had the opportunity to rebuild our program from the ground up. While every company’s program will be unique, here are eight essential strategies for a successful workplace transition and volunteer program:

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Small Business Spotlight: Ship Sunshine

The Ship Sunshine staff standing outside while volunteering with We Don't Waste at the Mobile Waste Market.
The Ship Sunshine staff volunteering at We Don’t Waste’s Mobile Waste Market.

Anna Costello founded Ship Sunshine because she loves to celebrate life’s special moments—big and small. Anna is a giver by nature and has infused this throughout her small business. Ship Sunshine creates hand-packed gift boxes filled with products from local and women-owned companies and packaged in eco-friendly recycled materials. Ship Sunshine further supports the community by engaging customers in the #SunshineItForward campaign. Customers can directly support local nonprofits by adding a donation to their order or purchasing a product that benefits One Colorado or Ray of Hope. Ray of Hope is an important cause to Ship Sunshine and Anna, as Anna’s dad passed away from cancer in 2009.

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BOA Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado to Introduce Students to the Outdoor Industry

BOA Technology (BOA) has been partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC) for five years; what started with donations and several employees volunteering as Bigs grew into a partnership that aims to create sustained change and impact. The Career Possibilities Program brings four BBBSC Littles into BOA for an eight-week paid internship during which the students experience multiple parts of the business while simultaneously gaining mentorship from BOA employees. Read More