May 13, 2020

What does it take to be a hero? For some, it might be a cowl and a butler called Alfred, to others super-speed, or super-strength, or the ability to talk to squirrels. As we discovered during the coronavirus pandemic, not all heroes wear capes – they are, to name just a few, doctors, nurses, emergency workers and millions of employees and volunteers who kept the lights on, the food flowing and the world turning.

Unless your vocation allows it, fitting the work of a hero around a job, family, friends and life can be a challenge. Here at Humanstate, we know how all-consuming work and life can be – but the company was founded on the philosophy that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”, so we give every employee, from senior management to our interns, 12 free working days a year to become a Humanstate Hero.

What’s the catch, I hear you ask? Well, there is none.

Once a Humanstate employee has passed probation, they get 12 free working days a year to support their favourite charity. One whole day a month, without taking a holiday!

Meet our Humanstate Heroes

What could you do with one day a month? Here is what some of our Humanstate Heroes get up to.

Robyn Andrews volunteers for West Kent Mind. One day a month she helps their Living Well group by teaching basic life skills to those who are struggling with mental health issues.

Michael Wilkins helps Hospice in the Weald by working as a photographer, capturing the shots the hospice needs for their marketing material.

Marc Freudweiler volunteers with the Special Olympics Switzerland and helped provide running commentary during the alpine skiing races at the National Winter Games 2020.

Sam Ferreira worked with her colleagues to collect unwanted handbags and everyday necessities to donate to Safe House Stellenbosch, a local women’s shelter.

Jacqueline Holtshausen helped SEED with their database management and beneficiary resource management strategy.

André Holtshausen volunteers his financial skills as a trustee for Growing Nations and assists them with fundraising.

Marius Maré helped LIV Village in KwaZulu-Natal by developing their GivenGain profile and mobilising fundraisers.

Luke Menzel took photos for FoodForward SA and other charities to use in their marketing.

But wait, there’s more

When you give, whether it’s your time, your experience or your money – you gain. Volunteering as a Humanstate Hero is no different. Maybe someone in sales has always had a secret passion for videography and wants to build a portfolio? By volunteering to shoot a charity’s video, they can gain experience while doing good. Even by volunteering as a designer to do design work or a writer to draft copy, there are still new things to learn.

Not convinced? Here’s one of our volunteers, Robyn Andrews, on what she gains from volunteering.

“The benefits of volunteering are twofold – the charity gets the benefit of your time and skills plus you have the reward of being able to put something of value back into the community. I find it incredibly worthwhile being able to help those in need and I’ve gained invaluable skills to help within my role at GivenGain.”

Getting started is easy!

You’ve seen what our current batch of Heroes do, so how can others step up and become a Humanstate Hero?

We’ve made it as easy as possible. All they need to do is find a charity on GivenGain or get their favourite one to sign up. After that, it’s simply a matter of deciding the best way to support the charity and getting the time off approved by a manager. Next, they don the cape, get out there and become a Humanstate Hero.

When the day is done, our newly-minted Hero lets the team at GivenGain know how it went, how they helped the charity and what they got out of it. They could even be featured here as one of our Humanstate Heroes.

If you’ve been inspired to become a Humanstate Hero check out some of the jobs we have available, or if you’re already part of the Humanstate family simply speak to your manager and the team at GivenGain.