There are many opportunities to lead. From office posts to community roles, we are pulled in so many directions. So how do we choose what to be a part of and where we can make a difference?

Step one: Learn about your community

As a recent transplant from Boston, Massachusetts, I began looking for ways to learn about my new city, meet other professionals in the area, and give back. After sharing my goals with EVR senior management, I joined Leadership Greater Manchester through the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

The ten-month program strives to cultivate leadership resources within the greater Manchester community by giving potential leaders an in-depth look at issues facing the region. Each class explores a different aspect of the community’s greatest challenges in arts and culture, education, economic development, health, human services, and criminal justice. In Manchester alone, the volunteer and leadership opportunities are virtually endless.

Step two: Explore your interests

Think about your interests and the time you have available to give back. Then, research the opportunities available in your community. Here just a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Join a Board Of Directors
  2. Volunteer at a non-profit organization or community event
  3. Fundraise for your favorite cause
  4. Support the local economy by frequenting small businesses

After I completed Leadership Greater Manchester, I decided to join Friends Of CHaD the Board of Directors for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Friends of CHaD efforts lend financial and emotional support to a vast array of CHaD programs and services. Throughout the year, there are a variety of volunteer and fundraising opportunities at special events that I plan to take advantage of.