I am a big believer in the power of pro bono work — donating your greatest talents to a worthy cause can change lives for the better. And the life you change could be your own.
Nonprofit organizations need experienced professionals like you to change the world. And through my work with the amazing Taproot Foundation, I have seen and experienced how pro bono work can also transform volunteers. They develop new skills, expand their resumes, build confidence, discover new meaning in their lives, and connect with lifelong friends and mentors.
I have blogged about this subject before. But right now you have two upcoming opportunities to join organized volunteer movements and discover the joys of pro bono for yourself:
1) September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance — September 11th was recently designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks by volunteering or performing a good deed for others on September 11, 2009. Find volunteer projects and support this cause.
2) Mozilla Service Week — The company behind your favorite Web browser has partnered with Idealist.com to organize a week of service September 14-21, 2009. Mozilla’s goal is to help find ways to use technology to make a difference in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a techie to participate. You’ll also find volunteer opportunities in design, marketing, training, and other disciplines. Find a volunteer opportunity during Mozilla Service Week.
I hope you will lend some time, talent, and brainpower for a good cause this September. The world needs your unique contribution. And if you’re feeling frustrated and burned out in Corporate America, a day of pro bono can be just what you need to start feeling empowered and engaged again.