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|VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUR ASSOCIATION HAS BENEFITS|
National Volunteer Week (April 7-13) is around the corner! Here, we learn more about how this important practice powers associations like AORE.
“I’ve got a full plate. I don’t know if I’ll be available for those meetings. I just can’t commit right now.”
I’ve said that in response to an invitation to volunteer. Now, I don’t. Instead I ask will the volunteer opportunity help me meet my personal and business goals. Volunteering isn’t simply a time commitment, it’s a key. A key to unlocking a door to career development and advancement, health and wellness, and to meeting business goals.
Those four benefits translate to job advancement. As The Wall Street Journal wrote: “According to the survey of 202 human-resource executives, skilled volunteer work — such as helping a nonprofit with its finances — makes job applicants look more appealing to hiring manager.”Not currently employed or looking for something new? Consider these stats.
How about the physical and mental benefits?
Volunteering lowers stress (and who doesn’t have stress these days) and, because it allows us to build relationships, boosts happiness. Read more on the evidence about these benefits at 15 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering that will Inspire You and Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits.
It’s important, of course, to pick the right the opportunity for the pay-offs. Often, if your motivation is professional development or business goals, you can find the right opportunity in your professional or trade association. Chapters, Communities of Practice, committees and task forces in associations are great places to hone skills and gain leadership experience.
So, do your homework. Get a clear picture of the opportunity from schedules to responsibilities to what done looks like, and have a frank conversation about your interests, skills and time to make sure the job fits. Where will you start?
*Article Authored By Peggy Hoffman and Reprinted Courtesy of Mariner Management & Marketing.*
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