National Volunteer Week is underway and the SHRM Foundation wants to take a few moments to say THANK YOU to all of our many valuable volunteers!

Our amazing volunteer have shared that their desire to “give back” is second nature and the act of volunteering is just part of who they are. When we reached out to our volunteers to better understand what made them inclined to volunteer the responses were varied but similar,

  • “I want to help provide opportunities to others.”
  • “My hope is to help make change in another person’s life.”
  • “Because I’m able, I want to help others unable to help themselves.”

This is no surprise to us that our volunteers and HR professionals are known to be empathetic and service-driven people. And we need their help! Each year the SHRM Foundation relies on the support of more than 1,000 volunteers to raise funds for our programs and review grant proposals, scholarship applications and educational resources.

Kim, Michael and Phyllis are just a few outstanding examples of the many SHRM Foundation volunteers that help us fulfill our mission each year.

Kim Cottage, SHRM Foundation Chair for SHRM – Long Island, “has been part of the SHRM family for 20 years.” Kim is not only a devoted SHRM Foundation volunteer fundraiser and advocate she is also managing partner for National Recruiting Group. She believes that as a volunteer she is able to “help individuals grow and be the best they can be.” 

Michael Davino, CFP, serves as SHRM Foundation Director for Big Bend SHRM in Florida when he is not working as a financial advisor. Michael stepped in to assume the role of SHRM Foundation Director in his chapter because “they needed someone to fill the role, and I was willing to serve wherever I could help the most.”

Phyllis Hartman, SHRM-SCP is founder of PGHR Consulting, Inc. and volunteers to review scholarship applications and research reports for the SHRM Foundation. Phyllis “was raised with a strong belief that reaching out to others is our responsibility as human beings.” Phyllis believes that volunteering is rewarding because it increases her feeling of self-worth.

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who do what “comes natural” by volunteering!

For those interested in volunteering or learning more about the SHRM Foundation visit, and follow us on Twitter (@shrmfoundation).


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