Session 1: Creating Outstanding Volunteer Experiences (9:00 – 12:00)

Whether you are a small-medium enterprise or a large corporation, figuring out how to put together a meaningful volunteer experience as part of your CSR community engagement strategy can be time consuming and frustrating.

But it doesn’t have to be.

In this introductory seminar we’ll explore the factors that are often obstacles to volunteering and how to use those same factors for your benefit. Realized Worth’s insight comes from over 12 years of successfully working with this methodology. Put it into action and we guarantee you’ll attract more volunteers, they’ll keep coming back – and they’ll bring their friends! Not to mention, the program will be a dream to manage! Case studies from apparel companies who have already forged the way will make this seminar particularly relevant.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover current trends that are changing the motivations and expectations of volunteers and how to make them work for you
  • Learn how to retain your volunteers by helping them discover their own personal reasons for volunteering
  • Explore how to create a sense of achievement to heighten volunteer commitment to your cause
  • Design a real-world solution to implement immediately using the concepts and tools of the workshop


Session 2: Bad, Better & Best: The Basics of Employee Volunteering (1:00 – 4:00)

Is corporate volunteering a key strategy for achieving increased employee engagement? Will community investment make you a better company? Is there a right way and a wrong way to go about it? It’s just volunteering, after all.

Good questions.

Business of all shapes and sizes seem to be jumping on the corporate volunteering bandwagon. Everyone wants to be socially responsible. The problem is, not every strategy is successful. Business needs to understand the fundamentals of the volunteer experience to realize the benefits it offers. Without the proper knowledge, businesses often find their community investment programs less than satisfying for all involved.

Picking up where we left off in the morning session – designing transformational volunteer experiences. (The morning session is not a prerequisite) In particular, we’ll examine seven top requests made by companies. Beginning with the “why”, we’ll discover what companies want, and why they want it. This process will lead us to examining specific solutions for your company, your community partner, and your employees. Case studies from apparel companies who have already forged the way will make this seminar particularly relevant.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore simple steps for designing exceptional employee volunteer experiences
  • Learn how to use structure to leverage your volunteer’s connections and abilities
  • Understand the importance of community partnerships and how to build effective relationships with them
  • Design a real-world solution to implement immediately using the concepts and tools of the workshop.

A complimentary healthy breakfast and lunch will be served.

Intended Audience

This workshop is beginner to intermediate level. It is designed for CSR practitioners and executives responsible for managing Employee Volunteer Programs. Others who will benefit from this course include: students, government officials and others charged with building partnerships with communities, and/or who have backgrounds in community engagement.

We will offer a unique perspective to cross departmental teams of major retail chains and apparel brands, social responsibility, sustainability and human resources managers, or any fashion-based enterprise interested in employee volunteering – big or small.


Recent Recommendations:

“Chris is a passionate champion of excellence in employee volunteer programs. Through his workshops, consulting, and blogging activity, Chris effectively communicates the need for and value of having a robust and well-thought-out volunteer program in the context of corporate responsibility. Moreover, he is an indispensable resource for anyone trying to develop, implement, and manage volunteer programs. His expertise is not limited to the corporate sector; I recently participated in a workshop delivered by Chris, and appreciated his ability to address the volunteer management issues faced by our non-profit organization. Indeed, we have included Chris as a partner in a proposal to develop community capacity for volunteer management, and I look forward to working with him in that regard.”

-Celesa Horvath Owner and Principal at Ventus Development Services Inc.

“Chris delivers amazingly. He has charisma, substance and spirit. His mission is clear, and he is an amazing communicator. People like Chris are few and far between.”

Dirk Matten, Professor, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University

“Chris Jarvis’ expertise on employee volunteer programs are well-informed, finger-on-the-pulse relevant and just plain wise. Follow his advice and you will elevate your employee volunteering to new levels of greatness– no matter what developmental stage it finds itself. The discipline of employee volunteering is richer thanks to Chris’ fresh outlook, keen insight and clear thinking.”

Bea Boccalandro Owner at VeraWorks; Faculty at Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Realized Worth works with companies to design and implement employee volunteer programs.

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