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7 Days to SERVE

Calling Corporate America!  Looking for a way to energize employees and give back to your communities? Consider a day, or even a week, of employee volunteering.

Why? According to the Deloitte Volunteer Impact Survey, employees who participate in corporate volunteering are more strongly engaged with their companies and are more likely to stay that way. Encouraging employees to go out into the community to make a difference is a great way for a company to say “thank you” to their customers, clients and fellow citizens.

For example, this week United Way will be working with Fannie Mae in eight cities across the U.S. to launch 7 Days to SERVE, a concentrated week of community service activities for employees of the housing mortgage company.

United Way has helped Fannie Mae by arranging and managing volunteer projects in each city where the company’s employees work and live. Thousands of Fannie Mae employees will be volunteering in the communities where they live and work during 7 Days to SERVE, which is taking place June 9-15.

Volunteer projects will include both hands-on and skills-based activities to support nonprofits working to address housing related issues, homelessness, and building stronger communities. For example, Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way, will join Tim Mayopoulos, President and CEO of Fannie Mae, in preparing food and sorting donated clothing at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC. Other projects around the U.S. range from revitalizing homes, landscaping, and preparing/delivering meals, to leading financial literacy workshops and career coaching. United Way of Greater Atlanta, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Broward County (FL), Orange County United Way (CA), United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey are managing all aspects of the volunteer projects in their area.

What’s the connection between volunteering and the bottom line? What’s good for our communities is good for business. Be sure to read our blog series on corporate volunteering, and check out other examples of top rated corporate volunteer programs here.