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Businesses and organizations large and small have discovered that YouthFriends is a good way to give back to the community. And, it not only benefits young people, it provides positive results for employees and members, too. Hallmark, Sprint, Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc., TradeNet Publishing, St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Westar Energy and ALLTEL are just a few of the Employer and Organizational Partners promoting positive adult relationships with children and youth through YouthFriends.
According to an article entitled, Corporate Volunteer Programs: Benefits to Business*, published by The Points of Light Foundation, volunteerism benefits employees and organization members in many ways:
• Builds teamwork skills
• Enhances training
• Encourages employees and members to find new situations in which to apply skills
• Encourages employees and members to develop new skills and employ skills that may not be
typically utilized in the workplace
• Improves morale and promotes a greater sense of self-worth
• Improves employee/member retention
Employers and organizations also benefit in many ways:
• Increases employee productivity
• Positively impacts overall productivity
• Enhances the employer's/organization's public image and total community relations
• Results in employees who are more enthusiastic and who view employer more positively
• Attracts better employees and members
• Allows the employers and organizations to gain new channels of information for input regarding
community priorities and potentially in decision-making
• Provides employers and organizations another venue to meet strategic objectives
• Provides opportunities, such as online mentoring, that allow employees to mentor students without
leaving the workplace.
Clearly, the community benefits tremendously from corporate and organizational volunteerism:
• Provides a relatively low-cost way for employers to apply valuable resources to community needs
• Allows on-the-job talents and skills to be transferred to volunteer positions for use in community
• Helps create "healthier" communities
• Improves communities' relationship with government
• Enhances the impact of monetary contributions received by the community
For information about becoming a YouthFriends Employer or Organizational Partner,
contact Laura Norris at 816.842.7082.
*Source: The Conference Board, Corporate Volunteer Programs: Benefits to Business, Report Number 1029, 1993, The Points of Light Foundation.