I serve as the communications manager for a government agency. I also volunteer public relations support to a local non-profit school dedicated to supporting students with learning disabilities.
The staff and board appreciate my services – or so they tell me ;-). It’s mutual however, because I get an awful lot out of it as well:
- I’m treated as a valued member of their management team
- I’ve met new people and made new friends
- I’ve honed my skills and experienced what it would be like to work as a PR consultant full time
- I’ve also made a number of contacts which may help me down the road
I didn’t think about any of this when I initially offered to help. I’d recently completed a six month intensive program in public relations through Royal Roads. It was a great program and I was anxious to put in practice some of what I’d learned. I happened to share this with a friend over lunch. One thing led to another, and I ended up volunteering and am happy I did.
I could list more benefits, but you get the idea. Helping others helps YOU!
If you are presented with an opportunity to volunteer your time to a worthy cause think about how you will be helping others, but remember that you will be rewarded for your efforts too.
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