Networking is so very important.Â I love it.Â Being a non-profit director suits me because I like many different aspects, I enjoy getting out in the community.Â The types of relationships you build really pay off.Â I am a firm believer in the area Chamber of Commerce.Â SCVRJP has been a member since we established the Restorative Justice Center, back in 2006.Â As I look ahead to 2011 I want to join other area Chambers, great connection opportunities exist forÂ SCVRJP in other communities as well.
As a non-profit, it is important to connect with area business people.Â They become your volunteers, both for programming and board of directors.Â BusinessÂ people are alsoÂ donors and community members who can promote the mission and reputation of your non-profit.Â The more they know about you the more you know about them the more you can find mutually beneficial relationships.
Often times your business community is involved in other area service groups.Â I feel connected to the Rotary, Rotaract, Lions, Kiwanis and others, because we have board members or volunteers engaged with those groups.Â People seeing me at business events reminds them of who SCVRJP is and what we do.
You never know when a business may need your services, and our service will be all the better because the relationship is already established.
A recent business transaction:Â I realized I hadn’t mailed out my check, so I sent a quick email saying I was sorry and the check was on the way.Â The feedback was wishing me well for my sister in law and the travel agent mentioning that regarding the paymentÂ ”I’m good for it”.
It really made me feel good to be trusted.Â I felt that sense of small town, community.Â I really value that.Â That sense of community is often lost when people are victims crime.Â I’ve heard that expressed over and over.Â You can replace belongings you can’t replace a lost sense of trust.
So lets be a little old fashioned in our dealings with each other, personal, profession, business or non-profit.Â Offer honesty and trust, be honest and trustworthy.Â Our community will benefit.