The Pick Group, Young Professionals of Riverside, ran a successful social media volunteer drive in January in which young professionals and others in the Riverside area were called upon to promote volunteerism.
The Pick and Pledge Challenge provided a media forum to publicly post hours that participants will volunteer in 2013 to local organizations and non profits.
The Pick Group is a local organization that offers young professionals social, professional, and civic opportunities, sponsors the event annually.
Together, Pick Group members, board members, friends and community members pledged over 9,600 volunteer hours to the community on the group’s Facebook page.
“According to the Independent Sector, the monetary value of a volunteer hour is $21.79. The economic impact of those 9,600 hours pledged is over $200,000,” said Brent Lee, president of the Pick Group.
“We may have added up a numerical value, but the service that our community members dedicate each year is invaluable,” said Jesse Limon, chair of the Civic Involvement Committee, which hosts Pick and Pledge and the Board Development Training Program every year.
The Board Development Training Program is another component of involvement in the Pick and Pledge Challenge. Since 2009, the Pick Group has hosted a Board Development Training Program to teach young professionals about various aspects of being a board member.
Graduates of this program actively seek and obtain positions as board members on several nonprofit boards throughout Riverside. The annual Pick and Pledge event seeks to pair eager young professionals with local nonprofit boards. The graduates contributed by posting their projected board volunteer hours.
“I’m very excited to volunteer my time with a nonprofit by serving on a board,” said Khevin Curry, a current Board Development training participant. “I feel as if this program has prepared me to be a successful board candidate.”
The Pick and Pledge Campaign showcases Riverside’s passion and commitment for a better quality of life for all residents. The Pick Group is a 501(c)6 organization that provides opportunities for career-minded young professionals to connect socially, develop professionally, and engage civically for the betterment of Riverside. For more information, visit the website www.PickRiverside.org or Facebook page www.facebook.com/pickgroup, or contact them at email firstname.lastname@example.org.