In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, Elizabeth Andrew of the women’s suffrage movement once said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they have the heart.”
At the SHRM Foundation we know that not only do our volunteers have “heart” but HR professionals have “heart.” In some cases that is why they joined the profession—to help others. This same generosity of spirit leads HR professionals to volunteering.
In 2015, more than 1,000 volunteers helped the SHRM Foundation award 145 undergraduate, graduate, SHRM certification and conference scholarships, fund four research grants and develop 11 educational resources.
The support of volunteers is making the work of the SHRM Foundation possible.
We depend on the support of volunteers to not only review scholarship applications, evaluate grant proposals and edit educational resources but also to raise funds to support all of these programs. We rely on SHRM Foundation Directors and other SHRM State Council and Chapter leadership to raise funds to help us serve the HR professional and HR profession.
Lourdes, Connie and Shari are just a few outstanding examples of the many SHRM Foundation volunteers that help us fulfill our mission each year.
Lourdes Bonilla-Jones is the SHRM Foundation Director for the El Paso Society for Human Resource Management. In her role she creates innovative events to raise funds for the Foundation. Lourdes believes in giving back, “to help those that cannot help themselves and give them greater opportunities in life.” Lourdes is particularly driven by a desire to “make a different in someone’s life and to encourage students to be a part of a gratifying profession.”
Connie Wanberg, Ph.D., professor at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, volunteers to review SHRM Foundation complimentary educational resources and research grant proposals. Connie has been a recipient of SHRM Foundation support for her research and says that her volunteer commitment is her way of “giving back” to the Foundation. Connie also gives back because she feels that the SHRM Foundation is an “organization that has high standards, great people and a positive vibe.”
Shari Missman Miller, MBA works for nogginlabs developing e-Learning and is a grant reviewer for the SHRM Foundation. Shari believes that “as a blessed individual with so many things in life for which to be thankful, I absolutely must give back. Volunteering and knowing I am helping the SHRM Foundation makes me feel like I have a purpose beyond my “self.”
Our volunteers are truly incredible people. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for your commitment, generosity and “heart.”