Corporate

Skills-based Volunteering

Make an impact by sharing expertise and resources.

AFI welcomes corporations to lend their expertise and resources on a pro-bono basis to provide education, marketing, business and technology solutions.

Corporate volunteering today allows volunteers more flexibly than ever before. Field volunteering, virtual volunteering and skills-based volunteering provide great benefits to the communities we serve.

We can work with you to determine the different ways your employees can participate that align volunteering opportunities with your core business values and leverage your workforce’s specialized skills.

Here are some ways employees can volunteer and give back to the causes they care about.

  • Field volunteering - Volunteers participate in person in physical projects and programs that benefit the community, and it can be completed as an individual or as a team.
  • Virtual volunteering - Volunteers connect with communities from around the world such as sitting on a committee or board or managing volunteer projects or other admin work
  • Skills-based volunteering - Volunteers use their knowledge and abilities to benefit a worthy cause pro bono, often completed virtually during specific periods of time.

Skills-based volunteering opportunities at AFI

AFI provides skills-based volunteering opportunities where employees can use their professional experience and expertise on a pro bono basis to better serve their communities and the people who rely on them. It’s a commitment made by many companies and individuals who want to leverage their skill sets to create social impact.

Other ways you can offer pro bono support are:

  • Mentoring or coaching youth
  • Translating documents or a website into another language
  • Preparing communications like external newsletters or designing a brochure
  • Finding new fundraising sources or preparing grant proposals
  • Reviewing legal contracts
  • Conducting an IT audit of technology used

Why skills-based volunteering works for many individuals

It’s remote

Volunteers are no longer limited by geography and can choose the cause they care about most. This is also ideal for anyone with unconventional working hours and anyone who prefers to volunteer from home. This is a great way for companies to boost employee morale from home.

It leverages skills and expertise

Whether a professional skill or a hobby, this type of volunteering enables employees to use their skills to give back. A skills-based volunteering program can help AFI focus on making an impact with limited resources while your people step in to help with skills-based tasks.

It has a specific time frame

Skills-based projects can be divided into multiple groups: micro-volunteering, short-term, mid-term and long-term projects. For example, it could vary from a 30-minute translation task to a three-week project to set up a dashboard of KPIs, or a three-month mentoring program for its beneficiaries.

Benefits of Skills-based Volunteering

Skills-based, virtual volunteering has many benefits for everyone involved.

Benefits for your company

It builds leadership skills
When employees volunteer, they are practising and developing their leadership skills. They will take on challenges and obstacles they might not face at work, learn how other organizations operate and gain skills personally and professionally.
It creates an interconnected and strong workplace culture
Employees from different sectors, teams and verticals can start working on a project together. This creates a stronger sense of community and connection, which leads to an even better workplace culture.
It builds your employer brand
We are living in the age of purpose and businesses today need to have more than just a good salary and short-lived perks. Employees want more meaning at work and to make a positive difference in the world. According to Glassdoor, 95% of job seekers surveyed said that a company’s reputation impacts their decision. Over 40% of people have stopped doing business with a company based on their stand on social issues — aside from working for them. Trust in all information sources is at a record low and business has become the most trusted institution. Employee volunteer opportunities are key in maintaining trust in the values and mission of your company.

Benefits for your employees

Improves mental health
Meaningful activity and a sense of purpose can lead to improved mental health. Research found that volunteering has favorable effects on mental health, with the after effect being described by researchers as a “warm glow.” This is especially true for those aged 16-25 and 55-74 due to the social connections and new skills that are often both discovered through volunteering.

It is particularly beneficial in nurturing a sense of gratitude, which also makes us feel more connected to others, makes us happier and gives us a greater sense of belongingThe benefits of gratefulness are endless, from having more social capital (those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital) and improving physical health to enhancing empathy and improving sleep.
Connects you to others
Volunteering is a win-win — the more you give, the more you receive. Nowhere is this better seen than in creating new connections with the people whom you volunteer with. Dedicating your time to volunteer helps you:
  • Meet new people and coworkers — Both with the people you volunteer with on a project and the people you connect with from nonprofits.
  • Expand your network — This helps you both socially and professionally. You expand the group of people you know, which leads to plenty of new opportunities and even friendships.
  • Boost your social skills — Nothing boosts your social skills like committing to a shared activity with new people! You’re in it and you have to make it work — even if it's been a while due to remote work.
Develops soft skills
Soft skills are a combination of people, social and communication skills with emotional intelligence. Soft skills development is important because they have a massive impact on one’s personal and professional life. Some of the benefits of developing soft skills include:
  • The ability to self-motivate
  • Becoming better at conflict resolution
  • Communicating in a clear and crisp way
  • Being focused on problem-solving
  • Flexibility
  • Learning how to work under pressure and time constraints
AVP

“We are one with ABS-CBN Foundation in creating a more inclusive and empowering environment for Filipinos everywhere as this aligns with our vision of Phoenix as an indispensable partner to those that we serve”

Marc Salboro
Brand and Marketing Head, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.

Volunteer Success Stories

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