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Employee Volunteer Week – Building the Bridge

7 March 2012 No Comment

Employee Volunteer Week is a campaign that was initiated by CAF Southern Africa in 2005 to encourage employee volunteering in communities.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Southern Africa will be working to ‘build bridges’ between the volunteering aspirations of companies and their employees and the real needs of community organisations.

Employee Volunteer Week which takes place from 5 – 11 March this is year is an important part of CFA Southern Africa’s campaign to popularise volunteering and increase resources for the non-profit sector.

On a daily basis we witness the growing need for skills and resources within the sector and while monetary contributions are vital to the sustainability of non-profit organisations (NPOs), there is also a huge need for in-kind resources and skills transfer.

The objectives of Employee Volunteer Week are therefore to increase, encourage and improve the impact of employee engagement in communities; to raise the public profile of volunteering and philanthropy, especially the contributions of corporates and to facilitate practical cooperation between corporates and NPOs with regards to the developmental potential of volunteering

If you are an employee, this campaign is ideal opportunity for you to engage directly with communities and do something practical to help those less fortunate than yourself.

Well-planned and managed volunteerism has the potential to provide much needed services to the most vulnerable in our society – people with disabilities, those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, older people, children and women.

Volunteers are pushing back the frontiers of poverty and helping to build a better life for all.

Employee Volunteer Week is all about “doing”.

Ask yourself, what did you do today that made a difference?

For more information or for participation visit CFA Southern Africa website www.cafsouthernafrica.org or contact them on telephone 011 334 0404

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