Be on the lookout for a new nonprofit group making a big push in the coming months. Starting this Friday, Keep America Beautiful
, will be unleashing 3+ million volunteers on local parks and schools throughout the US.
But the real driver here is the focus on taking these volunteer efforts and deriving true business value from the opportunities. Whenever I work with a new nonprofit group, I try to recognize what personal skills I can develop through my involvement with this new group. That way the nonprofit benefits from having another person on hand, and I can further improve my personal skill set to make myself a desirable candidate for future programs.
According to Carole Puls, a spokesperson at Eli Lily
(via this GreenBiz.com article
"From a corporate perspective, we look at this as a way to not just engage employees, but also as an opportunity for employees to hone different skills or increase skills they already have, such as project
management and leadership...A lot of transferable skills are gained, but most importantly, they are engaged and feel like they are giving back to the community."
Volunteering is great for your community and its great for personal career development. Always look for new ways to stretch yourself and grow your personal skill set when finding a new group that can use your help!