With all of the professional and personal preoccupations that fill the holiday season, organizing charitable efforts on behalf of your restaurant is most likely not on the top of your list of to-dos. However, there are tremendous benefits to be gained by developing a charitable initiative for your restaurant.
Science and experience agree that people who volunteer or spend some time in service to others are healthier and happier. As wonderful as the holiday season is, your staff will most likely be struggling beneath the added stress of the season. A staff service project is a good way to give everyone perspective. Meet with your staff before the season gets underway, and brainstorm a service activity that everyone would like to support.
The holiday season is a great time to partner with local charities to provide your guests with an opportunity to share the joy of the season. Offer your guests the opportunity to donate to a local charity by rounding up their bill. This is a quick and easy way for people to get involved. Another great opportunity is to offer to send updates on local food or toy drives through email to your guests. This enables you to stay connected with your guests in a real way.
Distinguish your restaurant by displaying a sincere care for it. The hungry homeless population is only increasing. Restaurants are perfectly poised to serve that need. While your restaurant is a business not a charity, you’ll find that with a little creativity, you could be making a large impact on your community. Fostering goodwill within your community can only benefit your restaurant.
Your responsibilities are vast. And the holiday season can be overwhelming; however, invest in some good works this year, and you are likely to reap the benefits personally and professionally.
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