According to the 2011 ERC Holiday Practices Survey, many Northeast Ohio employers are using the holidays as a time to give back to their communities and others in need. The survey shows that 40% of Northeast Ohio employers are coordinating community service efforts over the holidays in 2011. Community service efforts are more commonly organized in non-manufacturing and non-profit organizations as well as larger organizations, based on the survey's findings. Sixty percent of non-manufacturing organizations and employers with over 500 employees report coordinating holiday community service efforts.
The most common community service efforts in which employers report participating include Adopt-a-Family, Toys for Tots, food and gift drives, volunteering at a food bank, and monetary donations to local charities.
"Our research consistently shows that Northeast Ohio employers make an impact on their local communities through their generous fundraising efforts, charitable contributions, and active participation in volunteer efforts and community service,” says ERC's Director of Research and Membership. He adds, “Community efforts don't just positively benefit the community. They can also serve as a means of attracting employees, building teams, and adding a sense of meaning to one's work.”