By Roz Allyson, CPA , Managing Partner
Pro Bono Week takes place every October and highlights the pro bono work of thousands of professionals who volunteer their skills and professional expertise to support nonprofits around the world. At Mahoney, we encourage our team to get involved in the community. We do this at the corporate level as well as individually.
Mahoney’s volunteer committee sponsors volunteer events for our team to help clients or others in the community. In the past, volunteers from Mahoney have helped with a variety of projects, including the following:
Many of our team members volunteer on boards that appreciate the financial expertise they bring to the organization. Our team members also volunteer for organizations that are important to them or in which they have an interest. For example, one of our team members loves dogs and volunteers at events for an animal sanctuary. Another serves as the treasurer for their child’s sports club. There are many ways to get involved, but volunteering is most successful when it matches your personality, skills, interests, and passions.
While volunteering provides great benefits for the group you are working with, the personal benefits of volunteering are many. Volunteering can provide the volunteer with a sense of achievement and purpose, a satisfaction in helping someone else, a chance to meet new people and build new relationships, an opportunity to connect with your community, and the ability to learn new skills and share your skills with others. And you can do this all while helping someone else! Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have found much personal fulfillment through my volunteer experiences which have included serving as the treasurer for various nonprofits and leading the puppet ministry at my church.
If you are new to volunteering, I encourage you to give it a try!