Christmas is the perfect time to introduce your team to corporate giving. For businesses that have not yet considered the benefits of charitable partnerships, one-off seasonal campaigns are the perfect entry point An example of a cause that does corporate days well is the RSPCA.
The RSPCA Corporate Support Days is a corporate program held every Wednesday at the Yagoona shelter by RSPCA NSW. The day runs from 9am to 4pm and is suitable for groups of up to 10. It includes an educational workshop on animal wellbeing and the work of the RSPCA; a guided tour of the animal shelter and veterinary hospital; working on a maintenance project, such as painting kennels, gardening or cleaning; and animal interaction.
We asked Anne Keyvar, head of Corporate Relations at RSPCA, her thoughts on these corporate volunteering days.
"These days are an incredible team building experience," says Keyvar, "they provide teams with a greater understanding of the work of RSPCA NSW, new skills and confidence and a sense of achievement. These socialisation experiences are also invaluable to the animals, particularly those needing the extra help in finding a forever home."
Christmas gift, food and toy drives
There are many charities undertaking gift, food and toy drives at Christmas. Among them is the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal who help Australians doing it tough, including some 25,000 families that will be homeless this Christmas. They are seeking donations of non-perishable food, toys and gifts for children, gift cards and financial donations. As is The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal who are seeking toys and books to gift to children in need this Christmas. Books and toys can be purchased from their Simply Giving website, can be collected from your workplace or a financial donation can be made towards the appeal. Hosting a fundraising event at work such as a Christmas-themed morning tea or BBQ lunch may be one way to raise funds towards these or a charity of your choice.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Catering
If you’re a Melbourne-based business that has a Christmas or corporate end-of-year function coming up, why not use Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Catering? This social enterprise were the recent recipient of The Age Good Food Guide’s inaugural Food for Good award and have catered over 800 events in the last year alone. With tasty menus that offer modern takes on African, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines and food that is all sourced within a 100km radius of the Melbourne CBD, they employ around 30 asylum seekers with net profits going back into ASRC’s support services.
Mission Australia Corporate Volunteering Days
Mission Australia works to reduce homelessness. They offer a range of corporate volunteering days designed to best match your business and team’s area of interest. Aiming to give employees a meaningful and hands-on experience, potential volunteering days may include visiting and hosting activities for aged care residents who have experienced homelessness; helping with renovations at a youth support centre; or helping build gardens at a early learning centre.
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