Giving as a Team - for the holiday season
"'Tis better to give . . . "
Winter holidays and cold weather inspire giving and sharing. Reaching out to the wider community can become a team's tradition during this season.
Groups that join together in philanthropic activities get all the benefits of team building, with the extra glow that comes of generosity. Projects that provide for others can also be welcome substitutes for “sigh, one more” holiday party or “oh no, not a gift exchange.”
The endless ways to give as a team include creating gifts, repairing items, raising money, and collecting goods for donation. Another fantastic team-builder is providing community service together.
Consider the growing list of philanthropic activities here on Teampedia. Teams clean-up playgrounds; serve meals at soup kitchens; construct ramps; teach computer skills to non-profits . . . Several companies listed in our directory offer packaged workshops for onsite building of items for people in need, such as bikes, wheelchairs, and little red wagons .
One group holiday giving activity that is now common: Adopt a Family: Facilitated by a charitable agency, each team member provides appropriate gifts for children and adults in need. The team wraps the gifts together as their social gathering.
After the holidays have raised the spirit of giving, some teams decide on a related project for each season. Ideas range from simple clothing donations to active lawn/leaf/snow care for a neighborhood.
Philanthropy means "love of humanity." What a splendid way for a team to celebrate holidays!
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." ― Winston Churchill
"I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy." ― Kahlil Gibran