Last month Points of Light Foundation encouraged people to share their stories for National Volunteer Week. This week was dedicated to recognizing those that volunteer their time and resources to better others in communities near and far. Support poured in from the President, Congress, Leaders and community groups across the country. At JNR we see first hand the impact that service projects have, not only on the recipients, but also on the volunteers themselves.
Incorporating a Community Service element into an Incentive program is a wonderful way to give back to the community that hosts your once-in-a-lifetime event. Although these Incentives are a time to celebrate the hard work of your top achievers, we have found that to give people the opportunity to spend a day bettering the lives of others further enhances the overall experience.
JNR Incorporated understands the importance of volunteerism and encourages clients to bring in an element of corporate social responsibility to their program. Corporate social responsibility, also known as CSR, refers to a business practice that involves activities that benefit a segment of society. From revamping a school in Mexico, to building a playground for children in the Caribbean, to packaging “essential packs” for families in need here in the U.S., JNR with our DMC and Tour partners make many programs meaningful for both our clients and the community with a custom CSR day.
Regardless of your approach, volunteerism is about inspiring people to find ways to help their community. Although the experience is usually gratifying enough, week long events like National Volunteer Week recognize those who do this and give them a forum to post about their experiences and to share ideas and stories of what they have done to give back.
Working with an Incentive partner like JNR can help your organization create a culture of good will for your next big meeting or trip. However, if you want to create something for your company as a whole, not just those joining you on an Incentive program, advancements in technology and social networking have made giving back easier than ever. Below are a few simple ways to make your mark:
- Donate money / goods to a favorite charity
- Visit your local animal shelter
- Give blood at a blood drive
- Plant a community garden
- Assist at an elementary school
- Volunteer at a retirement home
- Clean trash from the beach
- Work with kids with special needs
- Teach a class at a local community service center
- Organize a food drive
Mark your calendars for next year’s National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 and notice the lift in morale amongst your employees. Contact JNR for information on bringing a CSR element into your next Meeting or Incentive program and see the impact that experience has on your top performers, overall employee engagement and ultimately, your bottom line.
For more information on CSRs read our blog here. http://blog.jnrcorp.com/the-power-of-community/
JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications. Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.