When we think about volunteering, we typically focus on the positive impact it can have on the lives of others and how good it makes us feel to help those in need. But the benefits of volunteering don’t stop there—getting involved in your local community can also be good for your business.
Earlier this week, I had a chance to moderate a panel on the benefits of volunteering at a HUB (host, unify, blend) event hosted by the New Pittsburgh Collaborative, Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh, and J’Burgh. I was joined by Ryan Mundy, safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Katie Whitlatch, Co-Owner of urban mommies.
During our discussion, the panelists shared examples of how their professional lives have benefited from their volunteer efforts. For Ryan, it has helped to raise awareness around his causes and community initiatives. For Katie, it has helped to generate leads for her small business. In both cases, they’ve been able to develop meaningful connections that might not have been otherwise possible.
As a small business owner, it’s often incredibly difficult to find time to be active in your community. Whenever possible, try to carve out some time to get involved. Even one hour a month can have a huge impact on those in need and just might help your business.