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I haven't been involved in any non-profit social projects but have participated in a number of non-profit social activities such as planting trees for an environment foundation, packing food boxes for shelters, and teaching personal economics to 8th grade students.
In all cases, it helped to energize me by seeing the impact the work I was doing had on others in need and to work with others who were equally interested in giving back.
Thanks for sharing your experience, helping others is always a great joy.
I am since 2 years mentoring young people with problems in their apprenticeship. There is a German NGO supporting about 6000 such young people, https://www.ses-bonn.de/en/startseite.
I mentored 4 in total, 2 hours a week, currently still 3 in parallel, who also happen to be refugees from Syria and Afghanistan.
Brings me down to earth. Opens my understanding of other cultures. Helps them, hopefully, to stay out of trouble.
Seams a great job, with a lot of feedback from those who receive. I'm sure it must be very pleasant. Keep the good work, sometimes we don’t even realize how much we have, only when we compare ourselves with the most disadvantaged people.
My latest was a process engineering initiative for the local hospice. It did not really have a significant impact on me due to the fact that I purposefully chose to isolate myself from the soft issues related to the organization.
But one thing I have learned over years of volunteering is that you have to work 4 times harder to 'sell' your solution because weirdly people are cautious of something that is free or cheap i.e. if it is free or cheap then it must be low quality.
I spent many years in the not for profit sector in the early part of my career and implementing transformative projects using limited resources in environments were local knowledge was lacking or did not exist was part and parcel of the workplace.
At that stage of my career it was a good place to learn how to implement projects and how improve communication skills, analytical skills and developing business cases for each project.
While there it was easy to see where IT was going, outsourcing and cloud enabled software as a service platform so the business strategy was to create the environment that would allow a fully outsourced managed IT environment that spanned the country and supported all twenty six counties within the Republic of Ireland.
Looking back now at my time spent within the not for profit sector I feel I have given back to the sector in spades and I have been rewarded with experience, responsibility and knowledge within the sector.
Thank you for sharing your experience, I understand what you are trying to transmit, in the end the fact of being volunteer or non-profit doesn't mean that we should be less professional, sometimes is more demanding.
Thanks for sharing your experience, you have always to see by the positive side the time you gave for free you earn in learning and experience , was time well spent, certainly help you to achieve the position in you are today, congratulations for the effort because I am certain that also has contributed to be the person you are today.
We are all the set of experiences we live and what we learn from them.
I was involved in Toastmasters International on the district level for many years. I volunteered to help start new clubs, mentor members and help clubs that were struggling. It was really rewarding but became too time consuming as I was planning my wedding.
I plan to someday return to that level of involvment when I have the time to properly commit to it.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
- I was a member of the PMI Portugal Chapter (VP for Marketing)
- I was a sponsor and founding member of PMI Portugal Toastmasters
- For a year I was a member of the Club Board
- In the following year I was Chairman of the Board of the PMI Portugal Toastmasters Club
Video with the best moments in the Club
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