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The Benefits of Volunteering

24 Mar

My involvement in the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has given me the opportunity to not only network with local public relations professionals, but also to volunteer at events, etc. Some people are reluctant to volunteer because they simply feel that they will be working for free and doing nothing important. Although you may, at times, be appointed to positions which you do not enjoy, such as selling raffle tickets or directing traffic, you will more than likely  have the opportunity to meet some great people and learn more than you expect to.

Last April, I volunteered at the Sun ‘N’ Fun Fly-In issuing members of the media their credentials for the event. Going into this volunteer position I didn’t really expect much except to cross names off of a list and issue name tags, but I was surprised at the number of media who were from not only all over the country, but from all over the world.

Last March, I volunteered at the National Leadership Forum at Southeastern University and although we spent countless hours greeting people, etc., I got to meet Former President George W. Bush!

Most recently, I volunteered at the Detroit Tigers’ Major League Scramble at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. I had the opportunity to meet major league baseball players as a raffle ticket salesperson. There are so many benefits to volunteering but here are some that I have encountered:

  • Free admission to exclusive events
  • Meeting celebrities
  • Learn things that are relevant to public relations
  • Ability to ask professionals questions
  • NETWORKING!

OK, so maybe it isn’t all about who you get to meet and all the benefits you get. It’s supposed to be all about helping out a good cause, etc. but you can’t deny all the opportunities that volunteering can get you! Get to volunteering!