What is Skills-Based Volunteering?
Skilled volunteering refers to companies and individuals using their professional skills to assist nonprofit organizations. Skills-based volunteering is increasingly popular among Millennials and Boomers looking to make a tangible impact on their community. This type of volunteering takes place in a variety of contexts and can include all types of professional skills.
Why does skills-based volunteering make sense?
For companies, skills-based volunteering can be a great addition to any employee volunteer program. Studies have shown that offering employees volunteer opportunities can boost morale, build teamwork and enhances a company’s public image. Skills-based volunteering has the added benefit of allowing employees to use core skills in real world situations thus serving as cost-effective professional development.
For individuals, skills-based volunteering can provide you with a chance to expand and sharpen your professional skills. Skills-based volunteering enables you to develop your professional experiences while honing your skills for the workplace. As an individual, you can leverage your skills to make a positive change in a nonprofit organization while advancing your professional goals.