10. ELEVATE YOUR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE AN IMPACT OUTSIDE OF WORK.
We make sure everyone has a professional development plan and that whatever limitations may have been set upon you in the past are left at the door when you enter our workforce. We elevate our employees as high as they can go and this has a ripple effect on the community at large. The rising tide lifts all boats. – Esther Kestenbaum Prozan, Flowspace, Inc.
11. OFFER SKILLS-BASED PROGRAMS IN YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE.
Create programs that build skills related to what your company does best. This not only helps people in your local community become more employable, but it also strengthens your company’s reputation in the community, making it easier to attract great talent in the future. – Gergo Vari, Lensa
12. ESTABLISH A ‘COMMUNITY INCUBATOR PROGRAM.’
Create a “community incubator program,” to combine work programs, financial assistance, and entrepreneurial development to curate local talent and address community-specific challenges. Program efforts include identifying community needs, engaging local entrepreneurs, selecting projects, mentoring, providing resources, creating networking opportunities, involving employees, and measuring success. – Britton Bloch, Navy Federal
13. HIRE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY.
Hiring from a community is actually the best way to provide help. Cash grants, donations, and other forms of help are good. However, creating a job for someone in the area is a real way to create hope and wealth among the local residents. The more the locals are involved with your company, the less they will view your presence as an insignificant matter in their lives. – Zain Jaffer, Zain Ventures
14. FOCUS ON SUPPORTING THE YOUTH.
A powerful way to contribute to local communities is by supporting the youth with internships, free training, and mentorship. Most people grow up not knowing the opportunities that are out there, and the right advice at the right time can change a young person’s life trajectory for the better. Create programs for schools and community centers in this way to make a difference. – Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner
15. OFFER MICRO-GRANTS OR INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO STARTUPS.
An innovative way for companies to support local communities is by launching a mentorship and funding program, where employees mentor local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and the company offers micro-grants or interest-free loans to promising startups, particularly those addressing social or environmental challenges. – Kristin Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC
16. SHOWCASE AND RECOMMEND YOUR INTERNS ON LINKEDIN.
Leverage interns from local universities, trade schools, or community colleges. They will appreciate the “real world” experience and you will be able to help students along the way on their journey and help build their resume. Give your intern a boost on LinkedIn by recommending them and showcasing their work. – Jo Ann Herold, Herold Growth Consulting
17. CREATE A SKILLS EXCHANGE PROGRAM.
A skills exchange program goes beyond monetary donations and makes a meaningful impact on your local community. This method leverages the unique strengths of a company matched with the needs of the community. You can do this by collaborating with local stakeholders, mapping and then matching skills to needs, structuring volunteer programs, purposeful financial assistance, and measuring the impact. – Alexander Kwapis,The Wild Dirt
18. COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO MAKE A COMMUNITY IMPACT.
Collaborate with other large industries by finding joint venture projects that benefit the community, particularly those offering apprenticeships. Joining forces with other companies creates unexpected professional bonds and casts larger nets throughout the community, doubling what you can offer residents and maximizing reach and results. – Larry Brinker Jr., BRINKER
19. IMPROVE STEM CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE WORKFORCE.
Businesses have an opportunity to engage with local students and educational institutions to invest in the future workforce—advancing entrepreneurship, experiential learning, and curriculum development. At my company, we’ve launched an internship program and have worked with the Chicago Tech Academy, supporting our Pledge 1% commitment to improve equitable STEM education access. – Godard Abel, G2
20. INVEST IN THE TALENT POOL IN YOUR BACKYARD.
Build an apprenticeship program and partner with local unemployment offices, community colleges, universities, and even high schools. Not all jobs should require four-year degrees and there are ways to build career pathways within your organization. If you can’t afford an apprenticeship, launch a mentorship program in your community and partner with your rising star employees to serve as mentors. – Mack McKelvey, SalientMG