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Employee volunteerism

Celebrating the spirit of volunteerism.

At Momentum Metropolitan, we recognise that we are inescapably tied to the welfare of communities around us and need to work for their betterment as an organisation. The establishment of a group-wide Momentum Metropolitan staff volunteers programme aligns with our business philosophy, which states that we take responsibility for our people, performance, community and environment. We hold the power to effect positive change.

We recognise the meaningful, transformative impact that volunteering can have in our communities; that is why we have high expectations and strive to do volunteer work that is impactful and sustainable, as opposed to being incidental. Therefore, our volunteer work extends beyond the corporate volunteer calendar to include an online capability that allows volunteers and causes to connect and find solutions to social challenges together. The volunteers programme firmly supports Momentum Metropolitan Foundation’s youth employment focus. Volunteers are supported and enabled to contribute their skills, time, and money towards causes that are close to their hearts, such as animal welfare, advocacy for people with disabilities, environmental conservation and the protection of women and children.

We have five categories of volunteering for our employees to choose from:

  • Give as you earn – Staff contributing to accredited NGOs through a payroll-giving scheme, the company then matches all contributions made by staff.
  • Volunteering from your desk – staff assisting accredited NGOs with skills transfer and expertise through telephone, computer networks and the internet.
  • Once off event volunteering – staff becoming involved in once-off annual events such as Christmas parties, World Aids Day etc.
  • Matching Fund Programmes – where staff volunteer in their own time at accredited NGOs, or causes the company accepts as legitimate, and receive matched funding at an hourly rate, which is then directed to the NGO/cause.
  • Volunteering during working hours – where staff are permitted time off during working hours, to work in accredited NGOs with the specific objective of building sustainability and ensuring skills transfer.

All these employee volunteering activities are a culmination of the annual staff recognition programme, where we celebrate and recognise our staff for being agents of change in their communities.

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