A New Way To Get To Know Your Community, Find Your Cause, and Make Friends Along the Way
Contrary to popular belief, you actually receive quite a bit back in exchange for your time spent doing volunteer work. Not in the monetary sense but in the way that you feel: Volunteering makes you feel happier, for longer. In fact, according to the Heart Foundation, 76% of people who spent time volunteering in the last 12 months said that they felt healthier as a result. While you are out helping in the community, you will often find yourself making new friends, learning a new skill, and discovering new interests.
Volunteerism Has The Power To Change The Status Of Loneliness
There is a staggering statistic from the Stay Work Play and Eversource survey, which states that 21% of young people in NH find themselves with zero friends within a close proximity of themselves. When I moved to NH seven years ago because of a new career opportunity, I had no connection to the community. I worked my corporate job and found a side hustle teaching Latin and Ballroom classes, but, still something was missing: my connection to the community and volunteerism. Then I Found MYPN.
On A Mission to Engage, Educate and Empower
It is the mission of the Manchester Young Professional Network (MYPN) to engage, connect, and serve as the collective voice for Young Professionals by providing emerging opportunities for leadership, employment, and community building while actively attracting, retaining, and developing a vibrant and collaborative network of YPs in Manchester.
MYPN’s Community Engagement committee, which I now co-chair, wanted to create something that would have direct impact. We had the goal to connect or “match” young people who live and/or work in Greater Manchester with opportunities to learn from, and give back to, the Manchester nonprofit community. This is when Find Your Cause: Community Connection Pitch was created.
A Look At A New Framework
This Shark-Tank style event gave nonprofits an opportunity to deliver a three-minute pitch. Each non-profit shared their mission, available volunteer engagement opportunities, and specifically why young professionals should invest their time, talent, and treasure into their mission by getting involved. Many organizations got creative with their presentations and asked current volunteers to share their own experience. We’re proud to have matched Manchester’s young and up-and-coming professionals with opportunities to get more involved within their community, and to make the connections I so needed when I moved here.
It’s Time To Turn The Typical (Job) Volunteer Fair On Its Head
MYPN created a high-energy, fast-paced event that spoke directly to young people and ended with a mixer, giving young professionals the perfect opportunity to come together for an interactive networking experience.
Some of the pitches presented were given by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – CHaD, Easterseals New Hampshire, Families in Transition-New Horizons – FIT, FIRST , Granite United Way, Live and Let Live Farm Rescue & Sanctuary and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.