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HR Connection: Feed your soul through volunteerism

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

The personal gratification of helping others in any capacity is a powerful and validating experience. Identifying an organization that is meaningful to you in some way helps drive the willingness and interest to get involved.

For some individuals this may mean joining a board, helping with fundraising initiatives, sorting food, collecting needed items, helping with landscaping, sitting on a committee or assisting with a social event. Options to volunteer are unlimited.

Volunteering is a positive way to extend oneself to the community. Involvement with a nonprofit group provides multifaceted benefits. We all understand the agency and/or group benefits through the assistance of their volunteers as well as the individuals served through the organization’s mission. There is also a benefit for volunteers as well.

Those benefits can be numerous and personal to the individual giving of their time or resources. It may be to give back to an organization that assisted a family member during a difficult time, or to simply know they are providing help to individuals that need support.

Selecting how to spend your volunteer time? When selecting an organization to give of your time, consider one that personally aligns to your beliefs and values. A careful review of the organization’s mission and focus is important to understand.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with what and how the organization serves their respective population. What type of assistance does the organization need from their volunteers, what experience can you offer the organization? These are questions to contemplate prior to jumping in and later finding it is not the right match for you.

Professional benefits: Volunteering with an organization aligned to your profession can be extremely beneficial. Those benefits include creating or building a professional network, establishing a group of individuals with whom you can share best practices, share vendor references, and seek mentoring or mentee opportunities. The list is endless. A professional organization can also provide insights to new positions that offer career growth.

Give back to your community. While writing this article I could not help but think about all the individuals in our Greater Rochester community that give selflessly. While the recent sadness in our community has left an imprint in our minds and hearts, it is important to think about the ways in which these individuals served our community.

Choose to look forward and encourage others to give of themselves to continue to make our counties, towns and the City of Rochester a great place to live and raise our families. Giving back to our community helps strengthen all the reasons why we choose, and continue to live in this area. Get involved, be a part of the future.

There are several organizations seeking volunteer assistance throughout the calendar year. The realization that everyone is unable to commit to routine commitments is understood; however, there are several organizations that cater to volunteers of all types.

If you are thinking about volunteering, here are some volunteer links to help identify options:

www.volunteermatch.org/search

www.fingerlakesvolunteer.org

www.rochestercares.org

 

Human Resources professionals should consider joining the National Human Resources Association, Rochester Affiliate. The organization offers a path to connect, excel and lead in the function. The ability to connect with others at social events, fundraisers and monthly education sessions provides the opportunity to expand your HR network.

Remaining current and up-to-date on laws and other trends in the profession enables individuals to excel in their career. Leadership opportunities are available.

The organization caters to the interests and goals of members and volunteers, allowing him or her opportunities to map their path. Everyone has different interests, time constraints and values, but the National HR Association welcomes all human resource professionals.  We invite you to check us out www.humanresources.org.

National Human Resources Association members are encouraged to participate on local committees, hold elected officer positions, and participate on the National Board or any of its committees. These opportunities will allow individuals to build their leadership skills within a supportive environment. These skills can easily be applied in the workplace and enhance career advancement.

HR professionals interested in volunteering with the National Human Resources Association, Rochester Affiliate, should contact Brandyn Jacob at (585) 530-9333 or brandyn.jacob@remedystaff.com.

This article is brought to you by the Rochester affiliate of the National HR Association, a local professional HR organization focused on advancing the career development, planning and leadership of HR professionals.

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