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10 More Great Employee Volunteering Ideas for Your Company

  • 10 More Great Employee Volunteering Ideas for Your Company

Talent Marketing™ is our term for enlisting marketing to help your organization win the talent wars. One of the eight areas in our Talent Marketing Framework is community involvement and employee volunteering. We’ve found this to be very high impact and relatively easy to execute. In fact, we have become experts in helping our clients do that! Last month we published 5 Great Employee Volunteering Ideas for Your Team. Here are 10 more!

1. Lincoln Park Zoo

Roll up your sleeves and make a positive, immediate and restorative contribution to the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo landscape. Volunteers will weed, rake or mulch, depending on the season, under the guidance of trained horticulture staff. They can accommodate groups of 10-50 volunteers at one time, and are seeking help on select Tuesdays from March – October between 8am and 11:30am. Learn more here:

2. United Way of Metro Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago will work with you to find a volunteer opportunity that advances your company’s philanthropic goals, while supporting your community and strengthening your team. You can complete a volunteer services form, or view their new volunteer calendar showing group projects needed from United Way partner agencies.

3. Safe Humane Chicago

Safe Humane Chicago’s volunteers invite you to come to meet, socialize and relax with the dogs (and cats, too, if you choose) at Chicago Animal Care and Control at 2741 S. Western Ave. They can accommodate small groups of up to around 20 volunteers at various times and dates. They also request donations at your discretion. To learn more about the volunteering opportunities for groups, visit

4. Little Brothers | Friends of the Elderly

LBFE’s Corporate Volunteer Program is an opportunity to advance your corporate or group philanthropic goals while supporting elders in your local community and strengthening your team. There are a variety of opportunities and all can be customized to suit your group's needs and availability. LBFE provides colorful, hand-decorated bags packed with treats, small gifts and, depending on the holiday, warm meals to elders throughout the year. Your team can support our elders by creating these gifts of friendship. Groups of any size can be accommodated. Learn more at:

5. Cradles to Crayons Chicago

The Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons, which can easily accommodate groups of up to 80 employees, is especially suited for corporate volunteering and team-building programs. The result is a meaningful, productive and fun employee experience. A two-hour volunteer shift in The Giving Factory warehouse involves hands-on processing of the donated goods that flow in on a regular basis. Each station in the warehouse includes inspecting, sorting and packaging donations to ultimately be distributed to the children they serve. Learn more and schedule a shift here:

6. Clearbrook

Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and support for people with disabilities. The organization offers a number of corporate volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Among them, your group can participate in Clearbrook Jelly Belly® Days, passing out signature packages of Jelly Belly® beans and collecting donations at intersections and/or storefronts throughout the city and suburbs in two-hour shifts every May. To see all the opportunities Clearbrook has to offer, click here:

7. HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HandsOn connects volunteers to serve in more than 150 area nonprofits and schools through its online volunteer matching database. Follow the link below to find many group volunteering opportunities in the West, Northwest and North suburbs.

8. Bookwallah

Every child deserves the hope of a happy story. We bring the magic of storybooks and safe inspiring havens to orphans and children of trauma where their sense of possibility, hope and imagination can come to life. Bookwallah helps to heal, empower and transform these children so they too can believe and rebuild their lives.

9. Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

In an innovation economy, there are no traditional paths to success. To activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, NFTE’s Pathway begins with igniting the imagination and takes students through the journey of creating and refining an original business concept. Students are guided by NFTE’s expert entrepreneurial Teacher Corps, and supported by entrepreneurs and successful business people. Students then take the stage in NFTE’s renowned business plan competition series, presenting to esteemed judges. Throughout the Pathway, students earn recognition of the skills and concepts they are mastering, ultimately having the opportunity to earn the first-ever industry-recognized credential to certify entrepreneurial mindset and startup skills.

10. Aspire

ASPIRE is committed to making a difference in the lives of under-served and low income young adults and their families. ASPIRE is dedicated to inspiring and educating young adults so that they may create healthier lifestyles, practice integrity and self-respect, build valuable relationships, sustain stronger communities, and have fulfilling lives.

If you’re interested in recommendations on how to implement a volunteering program, or if you want to talk about improving your overall Talent Marketing effectiveness, send me an email.

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