Why Habitat is Good for Business
May 3, 2019
“Our employees and our customers have benefited from this partnership by sharing in the joy of building homes together.” – Steve Shaffer, CEO and President, Zunesis
Whether this is your first company volunteer event, or you have done multiple team building exercises, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver offers one of the most hands-on and meaningful team volunteer experiences. Staff are able to work side-by-side in a fun, easy and engaging atmosphere, while also giving back to our local community.
We believe it is valuable to spend time with employees out of the office and in a meaningful way. Volunteering will not only have an impact on employee camaraderie and morale, but on the local families whose lives are impacted for years to come.
Jeremy Held, Senior Vice President of ALPS shares, “I’ve found that volunteering together on a Habitat construction site has helped to engage my employees. We recently hired an administrative assistant who was struggling to feel engaged at work and everything changed after our Habitat teambuilding day. Turns out she was really good with a hammer. She was happy to teach the rest of us and this experience helped her develop relationships and feel more engaged at work.”
A 2015 study done by The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson College and About IO Sustainability discovered that businesses with a commitment to community outreach could see productivity increases by 13% and turnover reductions by up to 50%. A Gallup poll found that 71% of employees in the United States are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their workplace. Companies with engaged employees, outperform those without by 202%.
John Fenley, Principal of Segall Bryant & Hamill shares, “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity has helped us to attract new talent. Recently we were hiring for a new analyst and during the interview I asked one of the candidates why they were interested in working for us. The candidate replied that they had visited our website and were excited to see the partnership with Habitat for Humanity. They were clearly motivated to work for a company that is actively engaged in the community.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Do our employees need prior construction experience?
No, we have jobs and tasks for all skill levels and abilities. Our construction staff will teach your team how to complete different tasks on the job site including: siting, roofing, wall-raising, and much more. If construction isn’t your thing you can also volunteer at a Habitat ReStore in your area.
Will we get to meet the Habitat partner families from our build project?
Our future homeowners complete 200 hours of sweat equity to fulfill their partnership requirements. This includes construction on their home and homes of other Habitat partner family’s. We work with the partner family’s schedule and it is possible you will get to meet the partner family while working on the construction site.
How can my company sign up to volunteer?
We have multiple options for corporate volunteer opportunities. One is our Adopt-a-Day Program where your team will volunteer for the day and contribute a tax-deductible donation (based on the size of your group reservation). The other option is our Adopt-a-Home Program that has a variety of engagement levels from sponsoring a full home to sponsorship of a partial home.