Get to Work! (In Your Community)
It was Winston Churchill who famously said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” It’s true. As a young professional, I’m constantly seeking opportunities to put my marketing degree to work as a non-profit volunteer. It’s incredible working for an organization that supports the communities in which we serve.
Non-spoiler alert: Our St. Louis branches have been participating in a secret event this week that we’ll publish next month. Every time we get the chance to participate in a charity event, it reminds me that there’s a serious shortage of volunteers in this world. If you’re looking to make an impact on your community but are concerned about time or money, keep reading.
If you’re short on time…
Consider two options. First, consider making a financial contribution. Donations of all size are a valuable resource to all charities. Don’t believe me? Many major foundations receive only donations of $100 or less. Option two: Try a work-from-home option. Like I mentioned above, I like to put my marketing skills to work as a volunteer. I help with marketing strategy and digital marketing for a local non-profit after work on my own time. It’s easy!
If you’re short on cash…
If you’re short on cash, volunteer! Head to your local food pantry one Saturday a month. Talk to your company’s human resources department to learn about any volunteer hours available to you. Organize a volunteer trip for your department or group of friends. Whatever you decide to do is sure to be appreciated by any organization.
If you have ample cash and plenty of time…
Volunteer overseas! This option has many benefits, including enhancing your worldview and perspective. In college, my campus study abroad coordinator encouraged students who couldn’t commit to a semester overseas (and the hefty price tag) to volunteer abroad instead. It’s still expensive, but the benefits are the same-if not better.
Volunteering is free, but the benefits are priceless. Make an impact on your community by volunteering with an organization you’re passionate about.
Would you add anything to this list? How do you “C.U.” making a difference in your community in the next few months?