A while ago, my company rolled out an initiative very similar to the Salesforce 1-1-1 program where employees volunteer their time or services to make a positive impact in the communities in which they live and work.
While I would love to volunteer at an animal shelter, my apartment is too small and I would want to take them all home so that was out; painting graffitied walls wouldn't be fulfilling for me and I do not have a green thumb; I have the black thumb of death, so I decided to stick with my strengths: Salesforce, computers and social media.
At a volunteering open day in Symantec, I was connected with the National Women's Council of Ireland who were looking for a Salesforce expert to help them roll-out Salesforce. I was conversing with a lovely woman named Helen who filled me in on what they wanted to achieve. We ended up spending an hour talking about how Salesforce can be used to best suit their needs as well as how to implement training as well as the tools needed for their users.
Soon after, we kicked off the training focusing on contacts, accounts, campaigns, mass mail via Salesforce and mail chip, Salesforce for outlook, reports and dashboard and much more. Once a month I will head in and help the girls out with either more in-depth training or issue assistance.It's so great to see the girls learning Salesforce asking great questions and getting excited to use it and how their system is progressing.
It is refreshing to see a different organisation, how they are using Salesforce and more importantly helping them grow with Salesforce is a humbling experience for me. It's nice to see Salesforce from a non-profit perspective and connect with the power of us hub/community.
Volunteering isn’t just giving to the community or a charity; it can be incredibly rewarding to you in your career, personal life and emotional wellbeing. I absolutely love working with the NWCI and providing Salesforce training I am grateful to have the ability to help a non profit that focuses on improving women's lives.
Looking to volunteer or for a volunteer? Check out the links below, or feel free to reach out!
- Volunteer match - http://www.volunteermatch.org/search
- Taproot + - https://www.taprootplus.org/projects
- Catch afire - https://www.catchafire.org/volunteer