Volunteering programmes and advantages of networking
There is nothing better than preaching with examples. As a consuling agency specialised in creating and developing volunteering programmes, we can't stop betting for our projects. The social action in Voluntariado y Estrategia is channeled through the Pasos Solidarios Association.
Collectives we work with
Pasos Solidarios, a non-profit entity and with a dilated experience in the Third Sector, was born in 2012. From then onwards it develops programmes focused on improving the employability of groups at a risk of social exclusion
We take advantage that the volunteers we work with have the knowledge, experiences and a very direct contact with the enterprise world, to improve the access to employment of the collectives we work for:
- Convicts and exconvicts.
- Young people at risk of school dropouts.
- Women victims of gender-based violence
- Long-term unemployed, amongst others.
There is no doubt that the corporate volunteering programmes can generate a great impact. However they should be designed and executed as any other initiative of a company: establishing clear lines of action and objectives, giving them resources and responsibilities and developing, reporting and evaluating the plan.
The mere drafting and approval of a strategy elevates the volunteering programme, counting on the clear support of the management team. It facilitates the correct development of these type of programmes. Without a well structured plan, there is a high risk of generating inconsistencies, projecting a diffuse image and generating a scarce impact. This implies a lost of credibility, of the volunteers and the corporate reputation.
Social media; the key factor to volunteering
Social media work is a priority in the corporate volunteering environment. It provides good opportunities to generate synergies between the different agents that encourage social change (companies, NGO’s, public entities…). Being part of them gives us the opportunity to continue learning and to give more value to everything we have to offer.