Professional Liability Insurance Group July 2018

The PLIG Professional’s PULSE

Volume #24

Making a Difference, Together

Helping children or families in need and community involvement have always been important to me.We all live, work, and play in our respective communities, so giving back in some way, big or small, makes sense.When you’re involved in your community, you can help shape it into a better place to live. I am honored to serve on and volunteer for two nonprofits: our local Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties and the Cumberland Cape AtlanticYMCA here in our agency’s city of Vineland, New Jersey. I am currently Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters and serve as the First Vice President on theYMCA Board.These are fantastic organizations that strive to make in a difference locally and throughout the country. Volunteering is a great way to stay connected to your community.When you get down to it, every community has its strengths and weaknesses, and by giving back and volunteering, you can get a better sense of exactly what those strengths and weaknesses are.This can truly help make a positive impact. What do I mean by that? When you understand your community’s strengths and weaknesses, you can help exploit the strengths and defend the weaknesses. It’s not something you do alone.This is why it’s important to work with a nonprofit that is grounded in the community and can draw the right people to its cause. Volunteering has other benefits. Not only is it a great way to give back and positively impact the community, it can also have a positive impact on your health. It can elevate your mood, reduce stress, and help you develop deeper social connections — all of which are considered healthy for the heart and the mind. Research suggests that people who give back are happier than those who don’t. It just makes you feel good! For a lot of professionals, it can be hard to find time to volunteer and give back.You don’t need to devote a great deal of time. Some people set aside time once a month, others once a week. It’s all about finding a time that works for you and your schedule.

charity or nonprofit and see what they need. Or, reach out to a nonprofit near where you live or work. If you aren’t sure how to get started, here are a few resources that can help:

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bbbs.org ymca.net

nationalservice.gov volunteermatch.org

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idealist.org

networkforgood.org/volunteer

taprootfoundation.org

Each website is packed with resources to connect you with the perfect volunteer opportunity. I can tell you there will always be a nonprofit that can use your help, even if it’s just for a day. Let’s all make a difference, together! And if you live or work near theVineland, NJ area and want to get involved in BBBS or theYMCA, reach out to me any time! -Shayne

If you aren’t currently involved in your community, I encourage you to take some time this summer to lend a hand. Get in touch with your favorite local

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