For many years, LaForce has spent time and resources giving back to our community. It’s a firmly held belief of ours, so much so that one of our core values is “community responsibility so that others can have the same opportunities we have had.”
In early 2013, we took our community involvement one step further: LaForce formalized its community efforts by establishing an employee volunteer program. A group of employees now meet on a monthly basis to plan volunteer events at which our employees can give their time. The program also coordinates fundraisers for various causes throughout the year.
LaForce is a busy, growing company. Why would we encourage our employees to step away from work to volunteer? The answer is two-fold.
First, our employees want and expect us to help our community. We’ve hosted fundraisers for community groups for nearly 20 years, and it’s become part of our company culture to give back to area non-profit organizations. Additionally, our recruiters have found a growing trend in interviews with job candidates: potential employees want their prospective employer to be a good community citizen. Hearing that LaForce has a volunteer program adds to the reasons why a potential employee wants to work for us.
The other reason we have a volunteer program is that it engages our employees in a different way. When an employee steps away from their desk to volunteer, they are able to use their skills in ways they might not be able to on a daily basis. Volunteer events also offer our employees a team-building experience. They get to work alongside co-workers they may not see or talk to on a regular basis. Our events encourage camaraderie and instill a sense of satisfaction.
Since its inception in 2013, the LaForce volunteer program has helped over 20 organizations in the communities in which we are located. Furthermore, nearly 150 employees have given their time at our volunteer events. LaForce is proud to support our community and employees in this manner.