Volunteering and giving back to my community are very important to me. I think that we should all take the time to give our “treasure, time and talents” to those that we feel need it most. I love that the leadership at HMA Public Relations also supports this for all employees. Abbie actually wrote a blog post a few years ago titled, what it takes to be a board member, that not only shows the commitment that HMA has in supporting volunteer work by employees but also explains why it’s important to give back.
As representation of this, here at HMA: Alison volunteers on the board of directors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter and Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona (She is also the chair of the Subway Kids & Sport’s annual fundraising programs as well as its grant program and Cycle for Success school outreach initiative), is a founding member of Suns Charities 88 and perhaps the best is that she volunteers frequently at the Humane Society helping bottle feed baby kittens. Bre volunteers with Feed My Starving Children and is a Southwest Regional Associate Board member for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. For the last three years, Scott has volunteered his time as the mentor-chair for the Arizona Baseball Officials Association.
And I am currently the incoming president for the Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), on the board of directors for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Central Arizona, the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation for Ovarian Cancer and Families Giving Back.
So, it was great when yesterday I came across the article in PR Daily, 4 ways pro bono work benefits your career, by Tim O’Brien.
I never thought about the work that I do as benefiting myself. I just like to help others and I love that where I work supports this. But this article was helpful in putting additional benefits into play when it comes to giving back. While I wouldn’t advocate that one volunteers in the community only for personal gain, it is nice to know that there are personal benefits that can come from volunteering!