Making the decision to give back to your community by using your professional skills is both the “right-thing-to-do” as well as a possible business generator. If you believe in karma, then you know, reaching out to help an individual or group less fortunate will circle back and provide a blessing to you as well.
Research also indicates that millennials are more inclined to frequent a business that has a philanthropic sense of responsibility and is involved in social change.
Where to Begin
Think about where your heart’s soft spot is. Is it working with cancer survivors? Is it working with domestic violence victims? Is it helping the homeless? Working with refugees and immigrants? Children? Disadvantaged teens? Getting involved in the fight against human trafficking? Educating on acne or hormonal issues related to skin? The options are endless and limitless. Let your imagination and heart collaborate to find the right niche for you.
Do an internet search for your cause. Consider reaching out to your city or town government to find information. Local hospitals and church organizations are also good resources. Many websites will have a link for volunteers. Find out if there is an orientation requirement so you can learn more about what the expectations will be. Connect with the organization’s volunteer coordinator and ask if you can speak with a seasoned volunteer on their experience. See if you connect with this organization’s culture before you commit your time and talents.
You Found a Cause Near and Dear to Your Heart
Once you find the right organization to partner with, which is always where your heart is leading, dial into exactly what it is you would like to do and how often you want to be involved. Can you afford to donate your time and expertise once a week, once a quarter, twice a year, annually? Perhaps you can only work special events. Only you know your limits with time and resources. Be realistic with what you can comfortably donate.
Here are two serious considerations to think about before you make the leap into volunteering;
Here are a few ideas of the many organizations always looking for volunteers;
Also, don’t forget your state board can be in need of members to serve and promote the industry.
Our communities are filled with people less fortunate and reaching out to help can be both personally and professionally satisfying. Just as karma comes full circle, a selfless act of kindness can invigorate your business passion with a renewed sense of purpose.
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Breaking It Down
In this post, we talked about ways you can give back by offering your time and expertise to those less fortunate. This is a feel-good endeavor for both you and those you will be serving so choose your social cause wisely. Follow your heart, do your homework and begin positively impacting the lives of those who need exactly what you are offering. Not sure where to fit it all in? Check out these two online classes to help you get organized and gain clarity as you expand your network and step out of your comfort zone.
Organization and Planning Online Class
Organization and planning are key ingredients when adding more projects to your plate. This online class is for anyone who wants to feel more confident and in control of their workday.
Persuasive Speech and Communication Online Class
Reaching out and speaking up can be uncomfortable, even for those of us who are fearless. In this online class, you will learn how to navigate your conversations with clients and colleagues using science-backed methods designed to help you better understand the needs of the person in front of you.
Mary Nielsen grew up in Minnesota but calls Portland, Oregon home for the past 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute and serves on the board of Certified Advanced Estheticians for the state of Oregon. She is a happily married grandmother who has been thrilled to be working in the never dull field of advanced esthetics for over 17 years. She spends her free time outdoors or at her sewing machine.
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