Staff volunteer programmes
At Momentum Metropolitan Group we take pride in having employees who are driven and care about the betterment of others. We understand that volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the communities where we operate or where we come from as employees. Volunteering means working with others to make a meaningful contribution to better communities, that is why we’ve formed collaborations with our partners and other organisation who focus on youth empowerment.
Established in 2016, the Lesedi Awards was created to recognise our employees who have taken ownership of the responsibility we all have to work for the betterment of less fortunate communities. We wanted employees to know that we recognise the things that are important to them and support them as people who care for and are concerned about the well-being of their communities. Staff can then enter the annual Lesedi awards where their efforts are recognised and encouraged.
There are 8 categories within which nominees are evaluated on the extent to which they give life to the Momentum Metropolitan values of teamwork, integrity, diversity, accountability and Innovation, as well as its impact and sustainability. Because we believe we learn while we serve, the extent to which personal growth occurred because of volunteering is also considered. All the nominees receive a contribution to the causes where they have volunteered.
Giving back through volunteering
At Momentum Metropolitan, we have 12 000 employees and we’d like to encourage all employees to volunteer by participating in organised staff volunteering programmes by the CSI department or in their spare time. In 2021 we’re planning to have an increase of 20% target for staff volunteer participation in our programmes for the forgood platform.
How our employees can get involved:
- Skills-based volunteering on forgood platform
- Virtual volunteering
- Payroll donation
- Group wide CSI events
- Match funding – Personal volunteering outside company time
- Recognition programme – Lesedi Awards
Doing good with forgood
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be huge. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need and worthwhile causes. The right match can help staff connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance their career. That is why we have partnered with the forgood Platform to assist us to grow skills-based volunteering within the group.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything – the way we work, the way we shop and even the way we communicate. But there’s one thing that doesn’t need to change– the way we give back. Even though the country is in lockdown, we want our employees and our communities to know we are here to support them during this difficult time.
We have introduced the virtual volunteering on the forgood online platform. It provides us with the opportunity to continue to connect the NPO’s to our employees who are passionate about volunteerism, to use their time and talents to help others, even when they cannot be there in person.
Register on mmvolunteers.forgood.co.za and then log into your profile using your email address and the password which you created, you can start virtual volunteering by doing the following:
- Donate goods
- Donate money
- Volunteer your time
- Partake in organised CSI events
Payroll giving has already been a widely recognised concept in the country since 2014 and it’s a very creative way of raising funds for charities. Most organisations have implemented this initiative for those employees who are not able to do physical volunteering for various reasons but still want to give back to the less fortunate.
We’ve seen the contributions growing for the past 4 years from R25 000 per annum to R260 000 in 2020. The benefits of contributing to charities are overwhelming. An innovative new concept was included in this campaign where participants in Payroll Giving will stand the chance to win the Most Consistent Payroll Giver award from the Lesedi Awards employee recognition programme.
Our response to employee volunteering
We have made provision to support these admirable efforts made by employees who volunteer their skills or time. By matching time spent onsite or virtual volunteering at a registered non-profit organisation over a one-year period, with capped funding for that year. We donate funds to the causes that you have volunteered four hours or more to the value of R5 000. They can volunteer as individuals or a team.