Businesses compete with each other for customers and money, but they also compete for a place in the community. The most beloved local establishments – the ones with loyal customers and long-standing reputations – are often the ones that volunteer in the local community beyond simply offering goods or services.
Bring on interns and volunteers
Internship and volunteer opportunities, especially for high school and college students, are a way to offer young people free on-the-job training that builds resumes and provides a valuable learning experience. It’s tough for inexperienced students to break into the working world, and providing a step up is a service that will help the community to see you as more than a cog in the fiscal machine.
You can start looking for a qualified intern in Rhode Island at bridge.jobs. It’s free to post your opportunity.
Get active with your time and goods
If you provide goods or services that can help local organizations, it’s time to offer them. Bring your employees along for days of service, and you’ll quickly notice that everyone really enjoys getting out of the office for a little while! You’ll build camaraderie and you’ll show your team that you care about more than just the bottom line. As an added bonus, you’ll get free exposure, and potentially even marketing, for your organization.
- Set up a food or clothing drive on behalf of a local organization, and offer your team a fun benefit in exchange for their participation. Maybe a free lunch, or a team happy hour with a round on the boss. When in doubt, everyone loves a dress down day!
- Show up for a service day, and remember to plan ahead if you’re bringing a big group. Lots of organizations can use your assistance. Start with Habitat for Humanity, a local Family Services organization (ordinarily run by religious organizations, but services are usually provided to the community at large), or a local food bank.
- Ask your team members for help! Set up a suggestion box or send around a group email asking for suggestions. Talk about your interest in building a sense of community, and keep an open mind – some of your employees may already work for organizations that do great work.
With a little extra effort, you can vastly improve your standing in the community and do some genuinely good work!