Your office may already be decorated for the holidays, and the treats may be rolling in. When you’re considering the holiday spirit, there are some great things you can do that go above and beyond Christmas trees and garland. To share the spirit of the season, here are some ways you can give back to your community as a group.
Organize a company-wide food drive. Ask employees to bring non-perishable food items into the office, set up a central collection location, and arrange with a local food bank or shelter to donate the items just before Christmas. With the way the economy is, there are many families struggling to make ends meet, let alone make a huge dinner for Christmas. The growing pile of food in the office is sure to encourage your employees to donate what they can and could even inspire other businesses to do the same. Just think how far these donations can go!
Organizing a company-wide toy drive is another great way to give back to your community. Reach out to a local organization that delivers toys to families in need or contact your local Children’s hospital/ward and see if they accept donations. There are plenty of kids in all communities that could use a little extra Christmas spirit, and even more parents behind them that would appreciate it more than you’d ever know.
First responders and professional services workers don’t often get the recognition they deserve. Christmas is the perfect time of the year. Create a baking sign up sheet and have employees bake cookies, muffins, pies, and more that can then be delivered to your local police station, fire station, school, or hospital. Depending on the number of goods you can gather, you may be able to deliver to more than one place too! These individuals work tirelessly year-round to keep our communities safe, secure and educated so spreading some Christmas cheer is the perfect way to let them know you appreciate them.
Adopt a Family
There are organizations in most communities that can help your business find a family to adopt for the holidays, or someone in your office may know a family in need. Pool your resources together to gather supplies for a lovely Christmas Dinner, gifts for each member of the family, and necessities such as toiletries. This is an amazing way for you to work together, and if you deliver the items yourself, see the benefits of your efforts firsthand.
Volunteering is great for giving back to your community, but did you know it’s also great for morale and teamwork. Encouraging your employees to work together and spend a few hours volunteering can improve the mood in your workplace and give them the opportunity to connect on a personal level instead of just a professional one. Getting to know your co-workers better is never a bad thing, considering how much time you spend together for work.
As businesses, let’s all make a commitment to make our communities a better place during the holidays and all year!