As the line blurs between my personal and work life, I thought I’d devote this post to volunteering and the difference this makes in our community. I’m proud to say that all the staff at CloudCounting spend a fair bit of their time volunteering and this makes our community a better place to live in
Here is a picture of our CloudCounting team who all came out on Saturday last week to support our local school Fete.
Sharon, our newest addition to the CloudCounting team, took a large role on the day – and worked a part time job with us, plus this full time job planning the Fete, for the last few weeks. Chantal is the P&C President of her children’s primary school and spends countless hours working for her school. I first met Kerrie when she was the secretary of our Kindy, and I’ve spent many years volunteering as treasurer of our Kindy, Fete and After School Care organizations.
Employers need to ensure that volunteering activities are supported and employees are not penalized for contributing to their local communities. This can take the shape of flex-hours, donated time, and also giving a day or two of ‘volunteer time’ as extra annual leave to encourage employees to participate in these activities. I’ve noticed at our local school it is getting harder and harder to find parents to give their time, and I suspect this is because they have returned to work as the children have grown older.
I’m already thinking of ways we can further integrate volunteering and our work life – non profits are ALWAYS looking for treasurers and with technology coming such a long way we could make such a contribution to so many non profits to help them upgrade their bookkeeping systems. Organizations such as @Xero, @MYOB and many add on solutions offer very competitive pricing to non profits.
The team is looking forward to seeing you at #XeroCon2016 and #MYOBPC2016!