(Left to right): Natasha Thomson, development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke at a recent networking luncheon. Chamber members George Lewko of Paintball Paradise and Nadia Balytska of Ronald McDonald Family Room were also in attendance. Chamber of Commerce photo
Natasha Thomson, development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Albert and District, was the featured guest of a Chamber networking luncheon on April 18.
At the Bison Cafe meeting, Thomson delved into why employer supported volunteering is a growing movement worth companies’ consideration.
“Now it really is becoming a mainstream practise,” Thomson said.
According to the coordinator, employer-initiated and supported volunteering is a healthy way for to add value to any organization. Studies have shown that engaging workers in employer-driven volunteering decreases turnover and improves company morale.
Having workers volunteering out in the community also strengthens company branding and consumer perception. It’s positive for businesses, and allows for unique networking opportunities, Thomson said.
“It’s actually quite a large and growing trend,” she added.
A recent Ipsos poll of employees showed 60 per cent preferred a strong volunteering culture at their workplace.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a number of volunteer opportunities for employers to get involved in. To find out more, visit their website at www.princealbert.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or visit their Facebook page.
If your organization is interested in co-hosting a networking luncheon with the Chamber, contact Jessica for more information.