Employer-supported activities that enable their employees to support their communities can include a wide range of programs. Opportunities may include donating cell phones or clothing or volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Big Brothers Big Sister. Other opportunities incorporate team building while giving back to the community.
Bank associate volunteers from Bank of America contributed more
than 650,000 hours to United Way programs in 2007 to enhance the quality of life in their communities nationwide –according to the United Way.
Teambuilding, Inc. recently conducted a team building program that was both developmental for the team members and enabled them to give back to the community.
During Wheels for the World, groups created team names, competed to earn bicycle parts, negotiated for remaining parts, and then presented their marketing campaigns to promote their bikes. The team utilized tools such as collaboration, communication, creativity, a wrench, a screwdriver... and a lot of heart.
Once the bikes were assembled and decorated with balloons and stickers, the conference room doors flew open and kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters ran into the room to claim their bikes.
During the programs, one of the little girls brought her old sister to the activity because she was afraid of the crowd. The teams assembled an extra bike and were able to reward her big sister with a bike too.
Team members at the Wheels for the World program said:
“This was by far the most personally satisfying team building event."
“The team building event was very rewarding. I loved seeing the kids get the bikes.”
"As always this was another fun event where everyone enjoyed themselves. We were able to build relationships and given the opportunity to build bikes for such deserving kids. To witness the joy and gratefulness of the parents and children, not only made their day one to remember, but ours as well.”
"This team building event was my favorite of all. It was interactive with my team as well as other teams, fun, and the end result was touching and left a lasting impression.”
Teambuilding, Inc. also partners with Habitat for Humanity to offer Tools for Teams and partners with local food banks to offer Community Cuisine.