Business community and volunteers join forces to share expertise

Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Central teaming up

Two community organizations are teaming up to match the skills of staff from local businesses with volunteer-based organizations.

Skill sharing between the sectors can help build our community, say the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Central.

“Community organizations have great information, connections to the community, and a great depth of focus in specific areas,” says a news release about the initiative.

“Their staff has a breadth of education, experience and expertise in dealing with complex social problems.”

Business owners can develop a corporate culture that contributes to employee engagement and productivity, they say.

Providing time for employees to volunteer cultivates enhanced or additional skills development, it’s noted.

Given the choice between two jobs, 68 per cent of Canadians say they would choose the one at the company with a stronger volunteering culture, says a 2017 survey.

As well, giving back to the community is a positive way to create awareness of a business’s brand.

Business owners and their staff can apply through Volunteer Central, which aims to bring people and community together to meet the needs of Red Deer and central Alberta.

The information will be shared between Volunteer Central and the chamber of commerce to find the best match.

Once the match is made, both the business and the non-profit organization will be contacted and provided with additional details.

Visit volunteercentral.ca for more information.



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