Kyle Pauley has served in a number of local nonprofit boards other roles, including; City Councilmember – City of Cosmopolis, President- Hoquiam Business Association, Vice President – Coastal Harvest, Past President – Miss Grays Harbor, Past President – Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation, Founding Member – Grays Harbor Roller Derby, among others.
Serving your community is a part of every successful professional’s life. Not only do you focus on your career, but networking on a social level will assist your advancement in any career.
The question is how to start and who to start with?
Volunteering is easy to do if you have an hour a month or multiple hours a week to give.
- Find a nonprofit that appeals to you.
- Talk to their Director or Manager and explain your skill set.
- Ask how you can help.
Joining a board is a little more difficult, but not if you have the time and the drive to do so.
In my experience, the first thing you should do is volunteer for a local nonprofit. You could start out small at an event or on a committee and see if this is an organization you can get behind.
Betsy Seidel has created a fantastic list of local nonprofits, a brief description, and contact information. Start there.
As you volunteer, you will have an unbelievable amount of opportunities to network with others who share the same passion for giving, and this community networking is simply a bonus to the good you are achieving.
Be it known that the more you volunteer for, the more you will be asked to do. Be prepared for that.
The more you do, the more you will become ingrained in the process, and if you have the skills and drive to do it you can move into a position on the board.
Being a volunteer is the most rewarding thing you can do with your free time outside of work and family.
Be it also known, that when you join a board you will be asked to join other boards.