Can Volunteer Programs Benefit Careers? A conversation

Benefits of Volunteering for the individual, Podcast, Virtual Volunteering

Late last year, our CEO, Angela Parker, had the opportunity to speak with author, podcaster, thought leader and advocate for people doing meaningful work; Dan Smolen. Dan’s thought-provoking questions led Angela to some surprising and meaningful reflections. We hope they’ll do the same for you! 

Click below to engage in the conversation with Dan Smolen and Angela Parker as they wrestle with ideas such as, “What draws companies to the idea of volunteering?” and, “How are companies responding to the mandate to go virtual?”  

Dana Jenkins

Executive Coordinator & Marketing Assistant

Listen to the full podcast here!

We’d love to know your opinions, your experience, and your reactions! Do you agree with the following claims Angela makes throughout the episode? 

Employees are asking for meaning and companies are responding with strategic employee volunteer programs. 

  • When volunteering and giving programs are built to be transformative, they can lead to interesting business benefits. 
  • Effectively facilitating virtual volunteer teams can become a resume-worthy skill. 
  • All strategic corporate volunteering should be framed to develop skills and raise up leaders.
  • Volunteering can be its own growth track within the company. 
  • Volunteer programs can engender affective commitment, retaining employees long term. 
  • You can build your own personal brand and drive your career through volunteering. 
  • It’s important to provide “first stage space” where employees can see and discover the idea of volunteering in order to decide if it’s for them. 
  • Volunteering, over time, can contribute to dismantling systemic oppression.  
  • Volunteering – when done right – can be a safe and non-threatening space where we remember our shared humanity.  

 Listen in, check her logic, and share your opinion! We’d love to hear from you! 


Realized Worth helps companies go beyond volunteering to do citizenship better. We work with companies to create impactful citizenship strategies and programs that empower and engage employees, that focus on empathy and inclusivity, and that align with your most important business objectives. Talk to us today to learn more!

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