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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:40

Why you should consider volunteer work

Whenever I list all the volunteer positions that I hold, the first response I get is usually, 'How do you find time to do all of that?' And my answer is always the same: I make the time. No, I don't have super powers or time-travel devices, and I don't run on three hours of sleep at night. The truth is, I get a jolt of good energy when I do something for a random stranger with no expectations for any kind of return and that kind of satisfaction is its own reward. 

Volunteering is a great public relations opening but it's also personally fulfilling. I have volunteered in many positions over the years: working with slum kids in Brazil, supporting the community as a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Massachusetts, helping Maine entrepreneurs tackle their marketing challenges as a SCORE counselor, sitting in on a few business/non-profit committees and boards and, most recently, leading a Girl Scout troop (my newest gig, at which I'm having a blast!). And no matter what mission I'm following, it's always an enriching experience. Volunteering makes me appreciate the people around me and the world we live in. It exposes me to different realities, which makes me more aware of and sensitive to challenges I would never have encountered otherwise. Most importantly, volunteer work has helped me become a better marketer, a better business owner, a better mother and a better friend in essence, a better person.

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