TOP 10 THINGS YOU GAIN FROM WORKING FOR CHS
- A sense of satisfaction.
Your workday at CHS will be like anyone else’s, but you can always remind yourself when the going gets tough, that you’re making a difference.
- A chance to do far more than you probably would be allowed to, or required to, elsewhere.
At CHS, your skills will be used to the maximum and your opportunities will be plentiful to explore where your passions and strengths are.
- A chance to learn about people and expand your EQ, emotional intelligence.
CHS is in the people business. Volunteers who come to work and donors who come to donate (or whom you visit) are full of tales that can enrich your life and teach you things you can’t read in books. You’ll learn that underneath, we all have the same wants and needs.
- The chance to light a candle rather than curse the darkness.
Watching the news on TV at night, are you often troubled by the things you see and wonder what’s to be done about this or that? At CHS, you are working directly to address a serious social issue or need, and that feels good. You may not be able to directly help the victims of the World Trade Center attacks, but you know you are helping someone in your hometown. It takes one person doing one thing to make a difference, and that can be you!
- Meet people.
For many employees at CHS, there will be clientele that they serve, and then a steady stream of volunteers, donors, officials, and media. People from all walks of life! You can meet more people in a week than many people meet in years.
- Learn public speaking.
It’s very hard to practice public speaking because it’s too public and too important to turn a novice loose. Non-profits are generally short on staff and long on speaking engagements. Public speaking is considered one of people’s greatest fears and there’s a great sense of satisfaction in overcoming that.
- Learn where your tax dollars are going.
Many non-profits are receiving local, state and federal funding, and you’d be surprised to whom your money goes and for what. As a concerned citizen, you’ll have a better idea when you go to vote, what the issues are. You’ll be a more informed voter.
- Networking and creativity.
CHS is heavily into networking. It’s common to hook up with another agency to increase your chances of getting a grant, or to be able to provide better services to more people. Non-profits cannot buy services the way you can in the corporate world, and so there’s a heavy reliance on networking and helping one another. Services are shared, people are shared, and knowledge is shared in very creative ways.
Because most non-profits are understaffed and under-equipped, there isn’t a lot of money available for training. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from others and to teach others-computer skills, public speaking skills, volunteer management, marketing, writing, administrating, etc. Different members of staff who are more knowledgeable may well share a skill with others informally or in structured training meetings. This is a valuable skill to have and a rewarding thing to do.
- An up-close, personal, and very real understanding that we’re all in this together.
As an employee of CHS you will become aware of all the people who are doing things to make their world a better place in so many varied ways, and how deeply they care, you’ll look at people differently. It’s nice to be a part of this!