Looking for ways your business can give over the holidays or during the month of December? The holidays can often feel like the busiest time of year, but it’s also the perfect time to take a moment to focus on the importance of gratitude and giving back. There are several ways a business can give back to its community, employees and customers all while building a positive company culture, spreading joy and making an impact. You can use any of these ideas to create a Reverse Advent Calendar at your business. This 365give December giving idea is perfect for your employees, clients and customers to participate in a daily giving program this December. Be creative and tailor your daily giving this holiday season to your business to encourage happiness, giving and a positive ripple effect through your community.
#1 Organize a food drive – Food insecurity is a massive global issue with the number of undernourished people in the world reaching an estimated 821 million in 2018. By organizing a food drive, your business can help underprivileged families put food on their tables this holiday season. Collect non-perishable food items and donate them to a local charity that provides food to those in need.
#2 Plan a team volunteer experience – Allow your employees to take time off work to get out into the community and volunteer together as a team. You could serve meals at a soup kitchen, sort food at a food bank, or spend time visiting with seniors. Not only will this be great team building experience, you’ll also be getting your business’s brand out in the community while helping a local cause.
#3 Match employee’s donations – Select a charity that aligns with your business or that you feel passionate about and encourage your employees to donate, then match their donations to increase the power of the gesture. You could also have your employees select charities of their choice and your business can match their donations.
#4 Sponsor a family Find a family in need through a local non-profit and come together as a team to purchase and donate their most needed items and special gifts for them to enjoy over the holidays. The 365give Reverse Advent Calendar works well for this give.
#5 Donate your products or services – Depending on your business, consider donating your skills, products or services. If you own a toy store, you could donate toys to a local charity. If you own a grocery store or restaurant you could donate food to a local food bank or cook meals for the homeless.
#6 Help animals in need – Many animal shelters rely on volunteers and donations to provide a safe place for animals in need. Have your team volunteer for a day, walking dogs and spending time with cats and other animals or drop off donations and supplies.
#7 Give to the planet – Most wrapping paper is not recyclable and ends up in the landfill. Go green this holiday season by setting up a wrapping station in your office using only brown paper. Encourage employees or customers to bring in presents that they need wrapped and have a wrapping party.
#8 Reward your employees with time – Show your employees how much you appreciate them by giving them extra time off to enjoy with family and friends. If you can’t afford to give everyone time off, express your gratitude with a hand written note.
#9 Show gratitude your customers – Let your customers know how grateful you are for their loyalty and support by offering a special holiday discount on your products or services.
#10 Keep the holiday spirit going year round – Giving has the power to change your work culture so why not keep the holiday giving spirit going year round. The festive lights and decorations might have to come down, but your businesses’ commitment to giving doesn’t have to end.
Do you have a giving program at work? Would you like to have a happier and healthier work place? Why not use the month of December to start a daily giving program at work and test out how much people love completing one simple give during the day. Once they have a taste of how giving can make them and others happier, you just could see a new trend happening at work in the new year. Sign up for your free membership at 365give to find out why small acts of giving at work can make your workplace a happier, place every day.