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Volunteering in the local community is an essential part of life for 58% of the population and many businesses are involved in the community for philanthropic reasons. But research also supports the view that having an employer-supported volunteering programme is good for business. Despite the growing pressure on resources which many small and medium-sized businesses face, an employer-supported volunteering programme can bring considerable benefits. Companies with employer supported volunteering programmes find that: Employees are proud to work for them potential employees want to join them customers feel good about buying from them partners want to work with them