Help Engage the Business Community

Explore ways you can help businesses play valuable roles in addressing this crisis (and gain benefits in the process)

There are many ways that businesses can be a valuable contributor to a community effort to address the crisis of addiction. Most of those actions are beyond the control of you as an individual, unless you own the business, but as an employee or friend of a business, you can introduce them to the Employer Toolkits that have been developed to make it easy for them to take many of the most valuable actions. Your impact is not based on just what you personally do, but your action leads to many high-impact actions that can be taken by your employer. This page also has some actions that are not in the other Employee Toolkits.

Actions YOU Can Take

Introduce your Employer to Employer Toolkits

There are a growing number of toolkits that have been developed by groups like the Addiction Policy Forum, Shatterproof and the State of Minnesota. Each of these toolkits are at different levels of development but all of them have solid suggestions and tools to enable different types of employers to take actions that have been shown to be valuable in addressing different aspects of the addiction crisis.

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Suggest your employer use The Give Back Project to possibly change to a different credit card processor.

As explained in the section on Unleash Creative Funding Opportunities, using The Give Back Program can save a company money on credit card processing fees while also generating a steady monthly stream of unrestricted donations to a designated non-profit organization.

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Have your Employer hold a “Take Action 4 Life” Lunch, Day or Event

One way to multiply your impact (and the things you are inspired to do by browsing through www.TakeAction4Life.org) is to encourage your employer to recommend that all the employees consider what Actions they can take to help advance this community-wide work to address the crisis of addiction. This could be done with a small action (like including an article or link in an employee newsletter) or there could be a greater commitment by the employer—including perhaps an educational presentation or video followed by a brief tour through the www.TakeAction4Life.org website.
A community could allow tracking of the number of actions done by their employees and share that impact to inspire other organizations in the community.

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Invite Your Employer to Sponsor Educational Material for a Campaign like “You’re the Solution”

The Opioid Coalition Resource Hub (OCRH) has a growing number of well-developed campaigns that can be replicated and implemented in different cities. These campaigns are designed to be implemented by volunteers who can take on well-defined and easy-to-accomplish roles that are designed into the campaigns. But, there are some modest costs associated with reproducing materials or paying for low-cost, high-impact tools like TimerCaps or Stericycle Mail and Destroy envelopes that may be distributed as part of a campaign. Companies that sponsor the printing of materials or paying for things like TimerCaps can benefit from the positive visibility they will get as part of the campaign. The campaigns are designed to get maximum value for each dollar by leveraging contributions of a wide range of people and organizations in the community.

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Invite your Employer to Allow Employees to Use Work Time to Support the Coalition

There are often times when certain employees in a company are not especially busy due to the business cycles. An employer can allow employees to use their work time to volunteer in roles to support the coalition or key community partners in the coalition. This might include someone from the company’s accounting staff working to help the coalition or non-profit organizations in the coalition that need accounting help. Or a company with a graphic design and communication staff could allow them to take on projects from the coalition when they are not busy with company priorities. Or, the company could have employees volunteer as a group to be part of a project—such as helping to remodel a home that will become a resident-managed recovery house.

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