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Encourage Volunteering

Encourage Volunteering

The state of giving in America is unfortunately volatile. Despite the best efforts of many, including former presidents, the number of individuals that volunteer has steadily declined in the last decade. Though volunteering is still popular in the United States compared to other countries—organizations such as fire departments and child protective services are built on the labors of volunteers—it’s worth examining the reasons for this drop and what might be done to reverse it.

This stagnation of volunteering is in part due to the way nonprofits are run. Passionate leadership is part of the appeal of a nonprofit organization, but when these leaders try to get by solely on their own dedication to a cause, problems arise with employees. Not running a nonprofit like a business is sure to spell disaster—any organization has to consider the needs of its employees and the way it handles its products or services.

The first way to address this is for organizations to spend more time preparing their volunteers. Nobody wants to work for a company that refuses to train them, so why should volunteering be any different? Even for a nonprofit, time and capital must be invested to create an engaged and knowledgeable roster of volunteers. They should also be actively involved in what these individuals do, working to manage them as they would manage other employees. In the nonprofit sector, a little bit of internal support goes a long way.

That said, government funding for volunteer organizations has also declined as of late. This makes it difficult for nonprofits to justify outreach programs and ways to cultivate volunteers. They should consider investing in making the process as easy as possible. Make facilities welcoming, provide transportation to and from work locations if applicable, and give volunteers evidence of the good that their work accomplishes.

With nonprofits struggling to secure the funding that they need, some businesses are also stepping up to provide hands toward a specific cause. Whether partnered with a relevant organization or putting forth the effort themselves, business volunteering programs have risen to fill a void. These companies can integrate giving into their culture and build a group of employees willing to help out.

The execution of these plans is as varied as the companies that create them. Some offer paid time off for employees to volunteer, while others may incentivize these kinds of actions with bonuses or recognition. Whatever the impetus, corporate volunteering plans still need the kind of care necessary to run a nonprofit.

For instance, giving employees leeway to volunteer wherever they’d like (within reason) is a great way to make them enthusiastic about one of these plans. Company leadership should be as communicative as possible, outlining opportunities and leveraging specific employee skills to give back in a meaningful way.

Whether volunteering through a nonprofit or your place of employment, any work that you can do will be appreciated. In this time when measurably fewer are giving back, take the time to be exceptional and break the mold. Likewise, businesses and nonprofits should consider the impact they can have by reevaluating their volunteering programs and providing the support needed for anybody to excel.

Family Friendly Volunteering

Family Friendly Volunteering

Doing good is not simply something that can be accomplished once to achieve some kind of karmic balance; it should be an integral part of an individual’s lifestyle. Worth noting is that the type of positive work matters less than you’d think. While it’s true that some types of volunteering, particularly abroad, can actually be detrimental to locals, many opportunities in your own hometown can be found that will genuinely make an impact.

Additionally, this attitude of selflessness can be taught. Children can easily be shown that their actions can make a positive difference on those around them, and carry those values through their entire lives. Consider the benefits of getting the entire family involved in volunteering.

That said, it can be difficult to sell children on the idea that they should dedicate their time to helping others. It pays to make them part of the process before you even figure out what you’ll be doing. Everyone in the family has different schedules, so sit down and talk about which opportunities everyone is willing and able to pursue. For sure, there’s a lot out there—see if things like helping with food drives, participating in cleaning a local park or street, or collecting clothing interest your children. There are even ways to investigate volunteer opportunities in your area!

When choosing an idea, be sure to mold your efforts to something appropriate for the age of your children. Younger children may be less adept at cleaning up a park, but well-suited to packing boxes of clothing for the less fortunate. As they get older, the potential to help out with manual labor—possibly even raking leaves or shoveling snow for neighbors in need—increases. That’s not to say that you should force any kind of work on your children. The idea here is to foster a love of volunteering and the notion that they can make a difference. Making these efforts a huge chore for them may cause them to grow resentful and be less willing to pursue opportunities in the future.

Even beyond going out and volunteering, there are still ways to instill the giving spirit in children. Talking to them about donating toys and clothing they’ve outgrown can put them in the mindset to give back. Explain the benefits that their old belongings can have to another child. Then, try organizing a clothing or toy drive with that in mind; if they show enthusiasm for the idea, they may go above and beyond when trying to help!

Which brings us to an important part of volunteering as a family: leverage the enthusiasm of your children. If there’s a cause or project they’re particularly passionate about, support their efforts! After you’ve accomplished something, celebrate with dinner and talk about what you can do next time to continue the initiative. After all, volunteering goes best when it becomes a habit.

Volunteering and community involvement are not things that need to be left to adults. Having an honest discussion with children about the benefits of giving back can profoundly affect their lives, and encourage them to do good in the world wherever they may go.

How to Plan Employee Volunteer Days

How to Plan Employee Volunteer Days

Your employees are the lifeblood of your business. You need to take care of them if they are going to repay you in extra work and innovation in the workplace. A great way to do this is with an employee volunteer day. They can actually feel better about themselves and seek to do more to help others, and the company because of the emotional high they receive. But planning one of these can seem daunting. Here’s how to make it happen:


In real estate, the location is the most important factor. The same goes for your employee volunteer day. You don’t want to spend a whole day in a place that doesn’t inspire creativity and higher ideals. Make sure the environment is conducive to your goals. If a specific location isn’t appealing, don’t be afraid to keep your options open.


Ask yourself what kind of activities are going to be most conducive to your goals. Are certain people not able to perform certain things? These are great ideas to keep in mind as you plan exactly what kind of volunteer retreat you’re going to have.


Focus on the outcome instead of the nitty gritty details. What are you wanting your workers to get out of this day? What kind of image do you want your company to uphold when the media covers it? Knowing what you’re looking to get out of it, other than helping people, will go far in boosting your bottom line.

Participation and Teamwork

Be sure that the day is something where the whole team can work together. Thinking and creating as one will give your whole group of employees more trust in each other. This can help your workplace immensely.


Keep in mind that your employees aren’t getting paid extra to do this. It’s likely that you’re even doing it on a weekend. So don’t overload them, give them some time to rest after.

When it comes to doing something special with your employees like a volunteer day, there is a lot that goes into it. It can seem difficult at first, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow the tips above, you can set up a great day that gives your employees confidence and brings everyone together for greater results in your business now and into the future.


Synter Resource Group Cares About Our Community

Synter Resource Group was founded to serve the Transportation Industry with a never-ending quest to build better processes. For over a decade, we have brought that same mindset to our community stewardship. Synter is proud to serve in key initiatives for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and we never stop working toward a better future.


We are always looking for opportunities to improve and preserve all of the great things about our community in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

At Synter Resource Group, we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. Our passionate staff has participated in all sorts of outreach projects. Some extend off-site to local schools, churches, or community buildings, while others take place right in our own office! No matter what, we aim to bring volunteer work to the forefront of our business and of our wonderful city, so that we can inspire others to get involved as well.

The concept of community has been woven into the fabric of Synter Resource Group since day one. We know that collaboration is crucial — and this sentiment rings just as true when it comes to building our own company culture. We have worked hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and downright exciting place for our staff to work and thrive. We also regularly organize events like employee cookouts, picnics, and outings.

Synter Resource Group is headquartered in a 28,000 square foot facility in Charleston, South Carolina. We are the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company serving the transportation and logistics industry in North America. Synter was named as one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2012. We were also recognized in INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2016 (list pending) and in the South Carolina Top Workplaces 2017 program.

Organizations Synter has Partnered With:

  • United Way
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • The Greater Charleston First Tee Organization
  • Adopt a Family Christmas campaign
  • Angel’s Touch
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital