Hearing that word in connection with a personal cause they hold near and dear can bring 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 with a call to help. 

But 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 of it. 

“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 member engagement committee. 

Even though I’m giving something by volunteering I get so much back in return,” he said. “As you grow in volunteeringyou 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. Currently, we are seeking individuals to serve on the Association’s GAP (Growing the Accounting Profession) Committee and the Member Engagement Committee. 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 Lisa McGee, SCACPA Vice President of Membership and Communications, at lmcgee@scacpa.org.