I had often volunteered back in the day but kids and routines took over after a while and I lost out on my volunteering time. Until 2010 when I joined the board of directors of my children’s daycare and wound up taking the Board Chair role after like one meeting.
It was an amazing experience that I stopped doing just this past September for two reasons – 1) my new business was consuming all of my time and 2) there was a direct conflict of interest between my role on the board and my business working for the Department of Education at some point so I resigned to remove this potential conflict of interest.
As a board chair, I learned that sometimes things fall apart – like Hurricane Sandy leading to a complete and total (temporary) shut down and that being a volunteer is often a “thankless” role – but being involved in my children’s school and giving back to the people who loved them during the day for me when I was at work was priceless.
Everyone should look for opportunities to volunteer in their community especially for my stay at home moms who are considering making a move back into the workforce – learn more on transitioning back to the workforce here.
Also, to my students and clients – do not miss out on opportunities to learn and grow via volunteer work.
What I learned from volunteering is:
I miss my Busy Beach family and am so honored to have been recognized for my service today – I think I need to give a plaque to you guys, though, for helping me keep my skills sharp and for being friends to me and my family for so many years!
What do you think about volunteering? Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen