The Importance of Community Involvement

by Lauren Dixon

Community involvement is an integral part of creating a positive workplace.  Companies committed to the region where their employees live and work emphasize giving back, and these companies involve employees in making decisions about charitable efforts.

For example, many companies provide employees with time to participate in programs to help area not-for-profits, particularly during the holiday season.  Why not make charitable programs part of the everyday work environment?

One way to do this is to provide employees with time to dedicate to the not-for-profit of their choice.  At Dixon Schwabl, we offer Make It Happen Day, a paid day off to volunteer at a not-for-profit selected by employees—it is 100% their choice.  Employees have used this day off to help Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, the American Heart Association, and many other charities in the area.  As part of the Make It Happen Day program, employees make a brief presentation during the weekly agency meeting, sharing their experience of Make It Happen Day.

Involving your workplace in charitable efforts energizes employees and can also improve your image and increase business through word of mouth advertising.  Make giving back a year-round effort and your both your community and business will benefit!

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  1. Susan Harf says:

    Lauren,

    I agree with you 100%! In addition to Dixon Schwabl’s principals,I have worked with many individuals on your staff and have seen firsthand how they share your value of giving back.

    Having a stake in our community’s welfare ensures our own success! And,we’re fortunate to live in a community where people recognize the responsibility we ALL have for each other,committed to ensuring the success of others–people we know and those we don’t know.

    There are those who believe in finite resources: “More for you is less for me”. I like to think we live in a place where the opposite is true: We come together and we create partnerships in order to enhance everyone’s success, believing there are infinite resources of everything good.

    Susan Harf
    Life Coach-Personal and Professional Coaching

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