Volunteering and Publicity

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Volunteering offers more than an opportunity to give back to your community.  It also allows others to see you shine in a different kind of light.

As a baby boomer, I am in a select group of volunteers.  That’s because the volunteer rate for baby boomers is the highest of any generational age group. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Why do people volunteer?

  • to help others and contribute to the community
  • to use skills in a new setting
  • to develop a sense of accomplishment and self-worth
  • to learn new skills
  • to challenge themselves
  • to work for a cause
  • to help improve the quality of community life

As a volunteer, you will also gain recognition for your abilities.  That’s what happened to me recently when I was honored with a Halo Award for my fundraising efforts on behalf of a non-profit medical clinic in my community.  To make a long story short, I attended an event where a woman named Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum was being honored for her service to the community.  I didn’t know her but I was so moved by her story that I felt compelled to help with the homeless military veterans project she mentioned.

Over a four-month period, I solicited my friends (and strangers) to help me raise money on the clinic’s behalf.  I capped it off with a Throwback to the 60s Fundraising Party and we raised $1250, which is being matched by Modern Woodmen of America because of their insurance agent Nancy Williams.

Volunteering is good for the soul.  Publicity is good for your image.

 

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