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Volunteerism - Ways to Give Back

Volunteering in your community and within the industry can not only help others, but can also bring satisfaction to your life and occupation.

Volunteering in your community and within the industry can not only help others, but can also bring satisfaction to your life and occupation. The altruistic activities that you choose can be fun and a great way to meet people. Accomplishing what you set out to do with a team of volunteers can be very fulfilling.

The community offers many ways in which you can volunteer as a company. There are organizations that you can team up with to generate funds for a cause. Choose a foundation that has a great purpose and create a campaign around it. Plan for it months in advance. Have fliers, mailers and T-shirts made. Create a positive excitement about the event. Donate a certain percentage of the sale of a product or service to that foundation. You can also do this with local schools. For instance, 5% of your cleaning bill will go to the local schools art program. Simply donating gift certificates to charity auctions can be really helpful as well.

You should also consider volunteering within the industry. There are local, national and international trade organizations that you can join. Within these you can volunteer your time to conduct research and develop standards for our industry. This helps to generate enthusiasm within your occupation and helps to move the industry forward. Even volunteering your time on internet bulletin boards and forums helps others.

Volunteering is not about making yourself or your company look good. It’s about giving back to the community and industry that feeds you. Your community chooses your company as the professional choice for cleaning. Show them that you appreciate this through healthy measures such as volunteerism. The industry provides you with guidance. Give back by volunteering your time with interesting research and networking.

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