Whether your team members all celebrate the same holiday traditions, different ones, or none at all, every team can benefit from some team building ideas to help end the year on a positive note.
In Detroit, there are endless possibilities! One of the most popular and rewarding holiday team building ideas is to create an experience for your group that allows them to give back to the community while still engaging in an activity that strengthens their sense of ‘team’.
Some of the most popular, time honored ways to give back include simple things, such as volunteering your team to work a shift serving food at one of Detroit’s many soup kitchens. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is always in need of volunteers, and makes it very easy for your team to have this experience.
The Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan is another great community asset that helps families in need get food. They also welcome teams to volunteer their time.
Other great holiday team building ideas for your team to volunteer together around Detroit include:
• Caroling at the Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital in downtown Detroit
• Handing out supplies at Covenant House Michigan , a homeless shelter
• Setting up a Toys for Tots station
And your holiday team building experience doesn’t need to end with these valuable volunteer activities. Tie the experience together with your company’s mission about living your corporate values in the community. Take your team out to dinner and have an intentional dialogue about what volunteering in the Detroit community means to each member of the team. Everybody knows what a hot buzzword Corporate Social Responsibility is, and these events help show the local community that you truly care!
The holiday season is a time for giving back, reflecting on the year, and cementing the ties we have in our work teams. Consider one of these holiday team building ideas as a way to accomplish all three of those goals while also giving your team an experience to remember. Detroit needs you!
If you have questions about other ways to volunteer in the Metro Detroit area this season, feel free to Contact Us and we’ll put you in touch with our Ann Arbor-based facilitator who knows the city inside and out and can give you some more great volunteer and team building ideas!