If you could do one thing for your community, what would it be? Increase your community + generosity (or, as we call it, communerosity) with these tips.
At Pen Air, we believe in supporting our local community using our time, talents, and sponsorships. The spirit of communerosity shines through our employee-driven fundraising program, Jeans for Generosity. We offer financial support to a number of local organizations, including the Beacon Shelter for Women & Children, the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, and the Pensacola Humane Society. We also encourage our employees to volunteer with local nonprofits. In return, we reap enormous benefits—learning more about our community, getting to know our neighbors, and giving back.
If you’re ready to ramp up your communerosity, think about what you’d like to do. Are you interested in tutoring at-risk kids, building homes for those in need, or perhaps beautifying a park?
It may help to start by listing existing skills, hobbies, or interests, or areas you’d like to learn more about. For example, if you enjoy art, consider becoming a volunteer docent at your local art museum. Love animals? Volunteer some time each week to help out at the local shelter. Whatever your interest, VolunteerMatch.com makes it easy to browse volunteer organizations in your area.
No time to volunteer? Organizations are always in need of monetary and material support. Consider donating financially to your favorite local charity, or donating new or gently used items to an organization that will pass them along to those in need.
Finding the time
If you do want to volunteer your time, fitting community involvement into your busy schedule doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Look for organizations that can use the time you have available. If you’re not sure how much time you can commit, start with one hour at a time—even if you just get together with a group of neighbors to clean up a park.
Increasing your “communerosity”
Volunteering is an outstanding way to get to know your neighbors and fellow citizens while making a difference in the lives of others. At Pen Air, we believe it is important to share our resources with those in need. We hope you’ll take the time to share your knowledge and experience, too. Together, we can make Pensacola an even better place for everyone in the community.