We are looking for members who want to put their experience and talents to work for a good cause and YOU may be just the person we need!
Heritage Valley is seeking qualified volunteers who want to make a difference in their Credit Union by serving on the Board of Directors or Supervisory Committee. Members that are interested in possibly becoming a volunteer on the Heritage Valley Board or Supervisory Committee are encouraged to complete an Application for Nomination and submit it by December 31, 2015.
Not only is volunteering good for the organization, it’s good for YOU too! Here’s some information we found that gives some insight on the benefits of volunteering on a non-profit board.
Volunteering isn’t just a good deed. Here’s how it can help your business, too.
Americans are generous people. From Meals on Wheels to blood drives to charity fun runs, we do a lot of volunteering. These short-term gifts of time are great. But have you ever considered volunteering your management experience in a way that helps the community, makes you feel good and helps your business?
There’s a good business case for paying it forward by serving on a non-profit board:
- It’s good business. Americans reward companies that pay it forward. Two-thirds of executives say that corporate citizenship produces a tangible contribution to the bottom line, and seven out of 10 Americans say a commitment to social issues is an important factor in deciding which stocks and mutual funds to invest in.
- It’s good marketing. Your participation on the board adds to your personal and professional reputation, and to that of your business. It expands your network as you work closely with an enormous range of talented people from other businesses. You’ll also deepen your understanding of the community, its residents and their needs.
- It’s good career development. Non-profits need board members with skills in law, marketing, fund development, business development, negotiations, scalability, mergers and acquisitions and many other areas. Board service offers you the chance to exercise the skills you’ve mastered while expanding into new challenges. Almost two-thirds of white-collar volunteers report positive impacts on their career.
- It’s good for you. The benefits of board service extend to your sense of well-being. Nonprofit board members report a profound sense of engagement and renewal as they share their talents for a worthy cause. Studies show that reaching out to help others improves emotional health. In addition, serving the community enhances your status. Board work stretches you out of your comfort zone, making for a potent combination of personal rewards.
- Develop skills that you may not have the opportunity to develop at your job.
When you join a nonprofit board, it’s likely that you were selected because you have a background or skillset that is needed. That, however, doesn’t always mean that you’ll be forced to engage in activities that you find yourself doing at your day job. You will have the opportunity to select the committees and activities that you want to dedicate your time to, allowing you to develop new skills and utilize other talents you have.
- Build your professional network.
Being on a nonprofit board allows you to interact with individuals who likely aren’t in your current professional network. Assuming the board you choose to serve on has a diverse array of professional backgrounds, you will have the opportunity to meet new people (both the members of the board and their network as you interact with them at events). By expanding your network in this way, you’ll discover that you have access to mentors and professional opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t.
- Develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to run a successful organization.
Serving on a board allows you to experience, first-hand, the operations of an organization at a high-level. Whether or not you strive to be a leader of a nonprofit organization, learning about and making decisions on governance, financial/accounting, ethics and legal issues is not something that most of us have the responsibility of doing – or opportunity to do – at our places of employment. It’s an experience that will truly develop your leadership skills and provide you with exposure that you wouldn’t otherwise gain at this stage in your career.
Don’t enter board volunteering lightly, however. Considering the following:
- Do you have the time? Most board positions run two to three years and require three to nine hours a month for meetings, preparation and committee involvement.
- Are you passionate about the cause? Donating time, skills and money is much easier if you have an emotional commitment to the organization’s cause. Passion can carry you past the inevitable bumps in nonprofit service.
- Is the organization worth your time? Even if you love the cause, you must be sure the organization fits your interests, skills and available time. Before volunteering on the board, ask about its financial situation; what it needs from you; the problems, challenges and successes it’s experiencing; and its plans for the near future. Meet with the executive director, one or more board members, and sit in on a meeting if you can. If possible, test the waters by volunteering on an ad hoc committee before committing to a term on the board.
- Can you be selfless? Board members are bound to duties of care, loyalty and obedience that require them to put the best interests of the nonprofit above other interests, to avoid conflict of interests and to obey governing bylaws. You must be able to commit to these duties.
Article adapted from: “Volunteering isn’t just a good deed. Here’s how it can help your business, too.” https://www.openforum.com/articles/pay-it-forward-the-business-case-for-serving-on-a-nonprofit-board/ and “3 Reasons Why Every Young Professional Should Serve on a Nonprofit Board” http://nikitatmitchell.com/2011/05/3-reasons-why-every-young-professional-should-serve-on-a-nonprofit-board/