April 16, 2012 13:02 ET

Volunteering Provides Opportunities to Help Others while Helping Yourself

IABC/BC Announces Local Charities to Benefit from Gift of Communication Program

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2012) -

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For many, volunteering is a two-way street; it can help to sharpen your skills and build contacts in your profession while also giving back to others.

With a strong culture of giving back, IABC/BC (International Association of Business Communicators, British Columbia) has numerous programs in place that see senior communications practitioners to students and professionals just entering the field volunteering while also continuing to develop their professional skills.

The recently launched Gift of Communication Program sees IABC/BC volunteers putting their expertise to work to support local non-profit organizations. In celebration of National Volunteer week, IABC/BC is pleased to announce that Ronald McDonald House BC and Special Olympics British Columbia have been selected as this year's partners in the Gift of Communication program. These organizations will receive pro bono communications support to support their work as Ronald McDonald House BC works towards building a new larger house and the Special Olympics of BC plans for this year's Law Enforcement Torch Run.

"Hundreds of our members have given back to the communication profession for the 40+ years we've been around," says IABC/BC President Gary Carr. "And now they've taken this tremendous spirit out into the community to support these great organizations and to hopefully raise awareness about the benefits that good communicators can bring."

While volunteering provides opportunities to give back, it also offers many career development benefits:

  • Networking: It increases opportunities to meet new people and expands your existing professional network.
  • Access to the hidden job market: You never know who you may meet that is hiring. Being a part of an association gives you advanced notice of new job postings in the industry.
  • Mentorship: Senior members often share their expertise with others by coaching and providing advice.
  • Resume building: Seize the opportunity to demonstrate your performance through volunteer work. Volunteering offers opportunities to learn new skills or develop in areas where you may not have the opportunity to in your current job.

Paul Hendren, IABC/BC's Director of Volunteer Services, sees the benefits of volunteering firsthand, "IABC/BC has a strong volunteer culture, with over 100 volunteers planning and delivering the services our members value. A perk of my job is seeing volunteers take ownership of projects, and build the skills and connections that take them further in their careers. It's fantastic to hear from volunteers who are working in jobs they're passionate about, and credit volunteering with helping them get there."

For more information about volunteer opportunities with IABC/BC, visit http://www.iabc.bc.ca/volunteer or email volunteers@iabc.bc.ca.

About IABC/BC Chapter

Founded in 1970, The IABC provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. The BC chapter is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in the world. With more than 630 members throughout BC, the chapter has an international reputation for progressive, professional communication. IABC/BC is committed to improving the effectiveness of organizations through strategic, interactive and integrated business communication management.

To arrange an interview, please contact Chris Stannell: 604-293-4849

Web links:

IABC/BC: http://www.iabc.bc.ca/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/iabcbc

Twitter: @IABCBC

To view a photo of the 2011 IABC/BC Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20120416-IABC_BC_Award_Recipient.jpg

To view a photo of the IABC members and the benefits that volunteering provides, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20120416-IABC_Members.jpg

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