Posted by: thepersistentassistant | March 24, 2011

Find A Cause That Matters To You

As Printed in The Woodstock Independent: Minding Your Business 3.23.11

Find A Cause That Matters To You

Now that spring is finally in the air, utilize your renewed energy to stay on track with your business resolutions and become a volunteer! Give back to your community. Find a cause that matters to you, and give what you can. Make this the year that you serve on a committee, be a mentor, volunteer, or make regular donations to the groups in your community that make where you live a better place.

Investing in your community is a great way to give back to those who have helped support your business. There are tangible benefits to giving back to the community. If you give enough, you’ll have a solid deduction. Giving back to the community can raise your business’ profile and even bring you more clients.It doesn’t always have to be about money.

Consider offering your skills or company goods. Seek out an organization that’s a match for your business’ interest. The United Way of Greater McHenry County Volunteer Center is an excellent resource for local opportunities to get involved. You can peruse many options at

If you are a business owner, offering opportunities for your company to volunteer together, promotes team building. The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce celebrates Earth Day by organizing Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 23rd this year. Join area residents and business people in socializing, networking and “greening” up the community. For more information visit

Perhaps you would like to give of your time or money in a more corporate environment. Centegra Hospital – Woodstock Auxiliary is a great opportunity to not only serve in the hospital but much help is needed in raising funds to provide the best medical care locally. Contact the Auxiliary through

The arts are always in need of donor dollars and your professional skills. Two of my favorite organizations are The Friends of the Woodstock Opera House and The Raue Center For The Arts. Assisting in planning a charitable event or simply being a sponsor is a great way to guarantee the arts continue to enrich the community. Visit and to find out where you can be of assistance.

Progressive former President Woodrow Wilson once said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Giving back to your community can boost your personal satisfaction, improve your interpersonal skills, and increase business opportunities.

Laura A. Witlox is the Communications Coordinator of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and Proprietress of The Persistent Assistant and can be reached at



  1. Once again, an excellent observation and suggestion. I totally agree with this. Volunteering also helps you grow as a person. If you have children, get them involved with volunteering as soon as you can. When they are older you will find that you have raised very kind and giving children.

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