VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Nominations are open for multiple seats on the SCACPA Board and for Chapter Leadership for the 2021-22 membership year.
Chapter Officer positions are for one year, and Board nominees will be considered for a three-year term, all beginning July 1, 2021. Nomination form submissions are due May 1. Good luck, and thank you in advance for dedicating your time to SCACPA leadership!
Volunteering. Hearing that word in connection with a cause that’s held near and dear can bring helpful people out of the woodwork.
Hearing it at other times can cause people to back into the shadows and hope they aren’t singled out for an assignment where they’re “volun-told” to help.
SCACPA board of directors member and president of DHG Search Brad Ledford, CPA, sees volunteering as much more than donating a few hours of your time to a cause you deem worthy.
“The benefits of volunteering are multi-fold,” Ledford said. “Yes, you are giving back to the profession and you are giving to the cause that needs your support, but volunteering also improves your own professional growth and development.
“It can strengthen you in not only what you’re doing in your company but in so many different ways on a personal level. Sometimes it stretches you but a lot of times it adds to your strength going forward in the profession.”
Volunteering also gives individuals a safe place to learn and grow and expand their leadership skills in a safe environment, said Ledford, who leads SCACPA’s Membership Engagement Committee.
“Even though I’m giving something by volunteering I get so much back in return,” he said. “As you grow in volunteering, you realize how much you gain—in friendship, in networking opportunities and so much more.
“Time and freedom are two tough things to give up. But when you think of the benefits you reap as a person, the benefits you reap for the cause you are supporting, the benefits you reap for your company and your profession—it can be a large part of your overall development as a professional and a person. It’s given back tremendously to me.”
There are always ways to volunteer through SCACPA throughout the year. Now can be your chance to serve on two important committees:
THE GAP COMMITTEE
The GAP Committee finds ways toward Growing the Accounting Profession by dedicating resources toward the CPA Pipeline. We urge high school students to become accounting majors and for accounting majors to earn their CPA license. It also promotes the need for organizations to welcome employees who are diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, age and social status, because these organizations then better understand the marketplaces they serve.
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The Member Engagement Committee creates opportunities for volunteers to get involved while developing fulfilling experiences, along with establishing a system to recognize and reward member engagement. Its members represent different areas of practice and geography, and they are engaged and committed to making positive contributions to the Association.
If you see one of these areas as where you would like to volunteer and grow personally and professionally while helping your peers do the same, call us today at 803.791.4181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Passion, Your Involvement, Everyone’s Success
You can explore all of SCACPA’s volunteer opportunities by applying online to tell us about your talents and interests at www.scacpa.org/volunteer. We can then match your expertise to the committees and task forces that are always at work for the profession.
SCACPA thanks all our volunteers of the past, present and future. What began as our Association in 1915 today now has an active membership of nearly 4,000 CPAs, and we are stronger together.