You know, I really enjoy championing for great organizations. I love getting my hands dirty brainstorming and planning for the next best fundraiser. I don’t even mind the hours I spend reaching out to sponsors for donations.<— I can almost write a book on it now. Lol. But what I love even more is seeing a room full of diverse individuals coming together for one common goal.
Diversity IS the spice of life, isn’t it?
While I have a passion for civic leadership and activity, I do what I do in part to encourage my peers to get active and give back as well. We are the new young, urban-professionals. Organizations seek us to bring unique point-of-views, ideas and resources to fulfill their missions and goals. We are one aspect of the Diverse Volunteer.
Diversity within the fundraising and volunteer arms of community based organizations makes such a difference.
As a volunteer of color for a program geared towards at-risk youth, your presence can impact a young person just because he or she sees someone who looks like them. Becoming a female board member for a domestic violence center that needs a leader to help plan programs for it’s safe-haven will empower the women you are helping to heal. Or simply offering your company’s resources to provide in-kind donations or financial sponsorship will shed positive light on your company and help with their corporate responsibility initiatives; don’t forget it’s a tax write off for them too!
The more diverse ideas, skills and resources non-profits have, the better they are able to reach the populations they seek to change. More often than not those populations- many of which include women and people of color- don’t see enough reflections of themselves leading the charge to help them. In a day where our options to affect change are endless, we should all endeavor to make a change where we can.
A lot of the time I hear from my peers that they want to touch their community but aren’t sure quite how. Soooo this is where I step in. *A friend in need in a friend indeed* 🙂