“How can I help?” From
a young age, this phrase
was one of the most
natural thoughts. Valuing
altruism and giving back
to others was an almost
unconscious desire. I
would volunteer as much
as possible, and dreamed
of being a professional
volunteer if such a thing
exised. Volunteer work as
a career may not pay the bills in a traditional sense, but from
another perspective, it pays more than any other job.
The benefits of volunteering go beyond what many imagine.
Simply from a personal/psychological level, when people
volunteer they gain a new perspective, learning about and
understanding experiences they may not otherwise encounter.
There is also a sense of appreciation that you receive that is
hard to get anywhere else. For example, a lot of the volunteer
work that I did when I was young was at a local hospital - I
will never forget the gratitude and smiles received simply by
delivering flowers or just being a distraction from everything
that was going on around those there. That new perspective
and knowing that you are needed can’t help but boost your
self-esteem, by knowing that you did something good, which
can make you more productive in all areas of your life. In fact,
similar to exercise, volunteering can release endorphins, and
for anyone who has seen the movie Legally Blonde, you will
appreciate “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make
you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands…”
All of these benefits when experienced by employees help
to build the morale of a company and provide a sense of
comradery. In addition,
while volunteering you
can learn new skills and
discover other interests.
When you take the
benefits of volunteering
involvement to the next
level in business, the
benefits are exponential.
mentioned, while you may not make the dollars while doing
the volunteering, what you are doing is setting the dollars up
to come. As most business people are aware the best way to
build a business is to network and build social connections.
Community Involvement is one of the best ways to do that. It
puts you in the public eye, allows you to interact with others
you may not otherwise have an opportunity to connect with
and it provides you with a common ground. An afternoon of
volunteering can open doors. By human nature, people feel a
certain desire to reciprocate. On that very principle, when you
give back to your community and they see what you are doing,
the community wants to give back to you. Coming full circle, a
business is then giving back to the community who supported
it. If you are a new business, community involvement is an
excellent way to let the community know you are there.
Philanthropic activities will create a positive buzz for you and
your business, something many are willing to pay for.
So what can you do to be involved in your community?
Naturally, as the owner of a shredding company, when trying
to come up with ways to give back to the community, the
immediate thought is to host a shred day. In fact, we recently
Document Shredding and Storage gives local
elementary class facility tour