Volunteering at Lurie Children’s can not only make a difference in the lives of our patients and families, but can also have a positive impact on one’s career. Taking on a leadership role on a nonprofit fundraising committee can be a great way to donate your time and talent – all while being fun in the process! Here are three ways joining a nonprofit committee at Lurie Children’s can positively impact your career.
- Boost your resume. Finding ways to develop professional skills that you need to advance your career can take time and effort. Look no further than joining a committee! Not only will your duties provide real-world management and leadership experience, but the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals with a broad range of skill sets and perspectives can provide valuable mentorship and career advice.
- Expand your network. Networking offers benefits no matter what stage of your career you are in. When you join a nonprofit committee, you become part of a community of passionate and driven peers who are working towards the same goal: providing healthier futures for every child. This valuable network can not only impact career growth but can also lead to long-lasting friendships!
- Inspire change in your community. Every day we strive to provide the very best care, support patients and their families and discover lifesaving cures and treatments. But, we can’t do it alone. As a committee member, you will have a positive impact on your community and help us continue to make a life-saving difference for kids.
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Emerging Leaders of Chicago committee focuses on raising vital funds for our patients and families by hosting an annual event: Chicago Dance Marathon. Since its inception in 2010, Chicago Dance Marathon has raised more than $2.5 million for our patients and families. Also, the committee organizes and sponsors other fundraising events throughout the year. To help achieve their goals, all members are expected to:
- Help with all aspects of the planning and organization of these events including securing corporate sponsorships based on your existing relationships (e.g., your employer or your family/friends) and silent auction items, as well as working at the events.
- Attend, invite and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to attend these and other events hosted by the committee. Each member is expected to provide names/addresses to add to the email database.
- Serve on a standing sub-committee (e.g., Fundraising, Social, CDM Hospitality, CDM Logistics, Morale, Volunteer)
- Attend and participate at in meetings (one every month leading up to Winter 2020 then increased attendance required).