Employee Volunteerism –Why we do it?
Volunteerism is often defined as the policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community or otherwise the principle of donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward.
Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. It allows workers to expand skills, build upon strengths and connect with their community. It is estimated that 90% of human resources professionals say that pro-bono volunteering is an effective way to develop leadership skills. Volunteering can also develop soft skills that are instrumental in a business environment, such as problem solving, mentoring and communications. Volunteerism is therefore an excellent breeding ground for new talent, innovation and allowing a neutral space for employee training and growth at a relatively low cost to the company. Research also suggests that through volunteerism a lot of societal ills are exterminated, and the courses undertaken by volunteers often change societal behaviour in a way that they too take charge and participate in building the type of environment and society that they like to live in, communities become more willing to be part of their own situational change.
Our caring employees’ initiatives:
JP Morgan Challenge
Chase Challenge aims to promote health, fitness, camaraderie in the workplace and raise funds for specific charity organisations. The Banking Association South Africa staff, family and friends participate in the course annually. JP Morgan Chase uses the funds raised from the Challenge to support various educational programmes.
Mandela Day – united actions to serve and celebrate the icon, Madiba
StarSaver ™ (formerly Teach Children to Save South Africa™) the flagship generic financial literacy programme of The Banking Association is an advocate of International Nelson Mandela Day (18 July), the ethos being to “Make Every Day A Mandela Day” through inspiring change and action. StarSaver™ aligned with Mandela Day since inception in July 2009. Volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals become “teachers-for-67minutes” and cover the length and breadth of South Africa inspiring learners to be lifelong savers.
MANDELA DAY CONCEPT
Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of the iconic Nelson Mandela. It is celebrated annually on 18 July (Mandela's birthday).
Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the values and the legacy of Nelson Mandela through volunteering and community service. Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the noble idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact. The Mandela Day aims to inspire individuals to take action to help and change the world for the better and build a global movement for good.
67 Minutes of Giving
The Mandela Day campaign message is: "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We are asking you to start with 67 minutes." This global call for action to all citizens is made to commit 67 minutes to community volunteerism to progress humanity. The 67 minutes StarSaver ™( formerly Teach Children to Save South Africa™) lesson to inculcate a culture of saving in children delivered by the volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals is a reflection and alignment to the Mandela Day messaging which is anchored on bringing together people around the world to fight poverty, promote peace and reconciliation. The volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals become “teachers-for-67minutes”.
The Banking Association South Africa supports the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), Casual Day project. In participating in the annual event we help to assist the NCPPDSA in improving education, accessibility and social inclusion for persons with disabilities.