Lend A Hand
by: Janice Byer, CCVA, MVA
Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services
business owners are inundated with things to do. From making sure their
clients are happy to ensuring there is enough capital to sustain the
business, there is always something on the go. Some projects that need to
be done, whether it's a project for your client or a revenue generating
task for your business, can be very satisfying, while others just seem to
take up too much of your valuable time. All in all, there just never seems
to be enough time left to do anything else in our lives.
as the old saying goes, all work and no play can stress out even the most
organized business professional, whether they own and operate a small
business, or they are in charge of a team of employees. The thought of
getting involved or taking on another assignment can leave most people
shaking their heads and saying 'no way'.
is one thing that everyone, no matter how busy, should consider to help
relieve the stress and make him or her feel good inside.
Doing something out of the goodness of your heart has an overwhelming way
of making you feel all 'warm and fuzzy inside'. Now, I don't mean that you
should volunteer to give away your products or services to those that can
pay for it, but consider helping out one of the many causes in your local
neighbourhood or a charity that is near and dear to your heart. These
organizations survive on the kindness of others and would not be able to
help those in need if it wasn't for businesses and individuals that donate
their time and effort.
an example, I recently volunteered to help out a local organization with
their website design. The Caledon Community Accessible Playground was
started by a local mom who was concerned about the lack of safe
playgrounds in the area that children with disabilities can play in. Her
goal was to put together a team of volunteers from various areas of the
community that would work together to develop this playground. About six
months ago, I read an article in my local paper about her efforts and
immediately knew that this was something that I wanted to get involved in.
I don't have or know of any disabled children personally, but I can just
imagine the frustration of those that do when it comes to finding a place
for their children to play that, not only can they access easily, but also
that they are safe playing on.
I called the coordinator, she seemed shocked that someone who is not
directly connected to or knows someone with disabilities would want to
help out. That made me feel wonderful… the first of many times during
this ongoing project.
few days later I received a call from another volunteer who simply wanted
to thank me for getting involved and offering my services. I told her that
I could help out in many ways, both with administrative tasks and website
tasks. Well, it just so happens that the current Webmaster was overloaded
with the site (along with other aspects of his life) and they were having
problems finding someone to help him. I guess I was in the right place at
the right time.
project is ongoing until all the funding can be established and the
playground built. We meet once a month (more, if there is an upcoming
event that we want to display the project at) for a couple of hours. Then
we go back to our respective lives and work on our portion of the project,
when we get some time.
tolled, I put in about 5 hours a month on this project … time definitely
well spent … and not so much time that it takes away from my business
and my family life. Not only am I helping out a worthy cause, but it also
gives me time to practice and enhance my skills.
are some suggested charities/non-profit organizations that would really
love to hear from you:
Community Accessible Playground - email Valerie Cotton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Place Peel (supporting homeless youth in Peel Region) - phone Sally
Pincock at 905-238-1383
local Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Woman's shelter, Diabetes
Association, Animal Shelter, Cystic Fibrosis assoc., the Ileitis/Colitis
Society, etc., etc., etc..
are but a few organizations that you could help. Keep an eye on your local
paper for articles and news stories about people in your neighbourhood who
are in need and then lend a hand. If I (a busy small business owner,
mother and wife) can do it, so can you.