Community service isn’t new to me. When my business was still a baby, I organized a donation drive for the Canadian Cancer Society. But helping with fundraising is very different from contributing to the management of a non-profit organization. That takes community service to a whole new level. And I’m learning new reasons for why it’s a good thing for me personally, as well as professionally.
I’ve recently stepped into the role of President at Harmony House Women’s Shelter. I’ve been on the Board for 4 years and it has been a great experience. I’m very excited about working with all the dedicated, passionate women on the Board, the committees, and the staff at the House.
Considering community service? Here are 5 things to think about:
1. Choose What Matters to You
Pick a cause you believe in. Think carefully about where you want to spend your time. There is a huge range of organizations which depend on volunteers. Browse Charity Village or Volunteer Canada to learn about non-profits in your area.
2. Consider Your Skills
What can you contribute to an organization? Think of your education and experience, and how it can add value. Finance committees need people with accounting backgrounds. Event planners can help organize large events.
3. Making Friends
I didn’t expect to make friends when I chose to do community service. But I’ve met some really cool people. I’ve learned from them, had fun with them. It has turned out to be the biggest benefit of volunteering my time.
4. Good Karma
Call it whatever you like. The Golden Rule. “What goes around comes around.” Spending time and energy to help a valuable cause in our community is never a bad thing.
5. Good Business
This comes last because it isn’t the most important reason. But the fact remains that community service is good for business. You meet potential clients, you expand your network in your community, and you may learn skills which can assist you professionally. There are really no downsides. What are you waiting for?