Volunteering in the New Year

 

As 2017 begins, many people are looking for new opportunities to either help others or to make positive changes in their own lives. One way to accomplish both is to use one’s talents to volunteer with a local non-profit organization.

Northwest Arkansas SCORE is an organization that provides small business mentoring, along with various other services, to aid the area’s small business community. NWA SCORE is always looking for volunteers to help small business owners be successful and we have many opportunities for the new year.

A variety of ways to volunteer in the New Year

One of the most needed volunteer opportunities with SCORE is being a small business mentor. The mentors of Northwest Arkansas SCORE are committed to helping new and existing small business owners achieve their goals and dreams. Wondering if you have the right qualities to be a SCORE mentor? We talk about those needed qualities here.

But, what if you work for a major corporation? Anyone with knowledge of some element of running a small business—be it marketing to accounting—can make an excellent SCORE mentor. What’s more, some corporations offer incentives for their associates to volunteer in the community.

The Volunteering Always Pays (VAP) program hosted by Walmart is a great example. As a 501c3, NWA SCORE qualifies for VAP hours and there are multiple ways that Walmart employees can contribute to SCORE as a volunteer regardless if you have small business experience or not.

If you aren’t able to commit to being a mentor, we always have a need for workshop development assistance, office work, and community outreach, just to name a few opportunities.  And while our greatest need is for volunteer mentors, whatever choose to do with NWA SCORE helps us best serve hundreds of clients annually.

NWA SCORE is the premier small business counseling and advice organization in the United States. We are a national nonprofit, charitable organization composed of more 13,000 volunteer business mentors, both working and retired, who counsel businesses from nearly 350 counseling offices throughout the country. NWA SCORE serves all of Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding area.