After reading Aliyah’s Spotlight Professional blog last month, Evaluating volunteer opportunities, I wanted to touch on another aspect of volunteering.
In many instances, spending time volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your community. However, volunteering also provides you with the opportunity to build skills and make connections in meaningful ways.
From volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to serving as a teaching assistant for Junior Achievement in the Buffalo Public Schools, I’ve tried my hand at an array of volunteer activities since college.
The volunteer initiatives that have stuck with me the most are the ones I’m most passionate about and believe have made the biggest impact in serving the community.
More young professionals are recognizing the value in engaging in community activities and networking with others to create strong relationships, seek out job leads, and career advice.
Since 2008, the Partnership’s young professionals program, Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360), has served as the region’s premier young professionals program.
Young professionals throughout the Buffalo Niagara region are using terms such as “renaissance”, “rebirth” and “growth” when referring to the changes taking place locally.
This Buffalo “boom” is leading to positive results for a variety of industries throughout the region including manufacturing, construction, recruitment and development.
Did you know the Peace Bridge is the second busiest land border crossing between Canada and the United States?
Last week, the Canadian Consulate hosted BN360 and Emerging Business Leaders of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce for an afternoon and evening of collaboration, exploration and bi-national education and networking.
We live in an ever-changing technological world, filled with the latest and greatest ways to get in touch with customers fast.
As these trends come and go, one thing will never go out of style – networking.
The old cliché “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has become “it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”