ILCA Women’s Networking Group

The relationship between volunteering & job satisfaction by maureenscheitz
November 14, 2009, 4:58 pm
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By Maureen Scheitz

Last week I did some strategic planning with my department.  One of the things we talked about was what motivated us and/or what gives us job satisfaction.  In attending the Women’s Networking Group (WNG) event Wednesday on volunteerism, I noticed some interesting similarities between what gives us job satisfaction and the benefits we experience from volunteering.

The common themes that motivate us at work are feeling like we are:  1) needed, 2) making a difference, 3) contributing to the betterment of the Company.  At the WNG volunteerism event, we heard three(3) energetic women speak.  Julie Siegel beamed when she talked about working with the Guatemalan people to help them break the cycle of poverty.  Robbie Hursthouse glowed as she talked about helping hospitalized kids break the pattern of dependency through horticultural therapy.  Laurie Staple shined as she spoke about her employer, We Grow Dreams, which creates gainful employment for people with disabilities in their greenhouse/garden center.  Julie, Robbie and Laurie are motivated and fulfilled because they know their efforts are making a difference and contributing to the well being of those around them.  Whether it’s at work or through volunteering we are fulfilled when we know what we’re doing matters.  I think it creates a sense of purpose that all human beings seem to long for. 

In 2010 my department plans to initiate a wellness committee at work that will have three(3) functions: to plan company social, community service and wellness events.  We thought about doing it in 2009, but it didn’t make it to the top of the priority list due to the business challenges of 2009.  Attending the WNG volunteerism event confirmed for me the importance of creating this committee.  Creating opportunities to serve others and connect with one another creates energy, fulfillment and motivation for living and working.  Thanks to the Women’s Networking Group for helping us to stay focused on what matters and gives purpose to life and work.


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Wow. I just got chills whle reading your post. It hit the mark. Thanks for sharing your plans for 2010. We could all use your positive outlook and direction for 2010! Terre

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