Givin’ Back in the Granite State

I want to get involved in something meaningful, but I don’t know where to start. –Young Professionals

We need younger volunteers and board members! –Nonprofit organizations

I’m sure many of you have heard this, or similar variations. I certainly have. In fact, 10 years ago, before I started volunteering, I didn’t know where to start either. Luckily for me, the Concord Young Professionals Network was just starting, and I quietly stepped in. My involvement in CYPN quickly propelled me into community service by way of the relationships (and confidence) I built.

And luckily today, we have many more young professionals networks in NH, including Stay Work Play, who are working diligently to foster connections of all kinds for young professionals. Last Wednesday night, Stay Work Play and six YPNs from around the state set the stage for young professionals and nonprofit organizations to connect and engage, during the annual Stay Work Play Give event.

Stay Work Play Give is a partnership between Stay Work Play and young professionals’ organizations from around the state. This partnership hosts local nonprofit fairs in different parts of NH all on one day. The idea behind this is to encourage NH students and young professionals to get engaged in their communities through volunteering with local nonprofits.

At each location, nonprofit organizations set up tables of info, ready to tell young professional attendees all about their mission and their volunteer opportunities. Over 100 nonprofits were represented across the state.

Governor Maggie Hassan often says, “I continue to be inspired by the “all-hands-on-deck” spirit of our people. I see it in Granite Staters who finish a hard day of work and then go help a nonprofit, or coach a youth team, or engage in their school boards and town meetings.” It’s true, NH has a wonderful sense of philanthropy and giving – whether it’s money, time or talent. And as we’ve seen the past couple years of Stay Work Play Give, young professionals want to continue that spirit.

But what about the question above of “where do I start?” There are so many ways to get involved with nonprofits: board service, committees, one day of service, etc., but what is the right fit for you? Networking with nonprofits is a great way to start. Ask your friends what they do for volunteer work. This Motivational Analysis will help you figure out what type of volunteerism is right for you. Already know you want to be a board member? Here is a list of questions you should ask before joining a board. (Both resources are courtesy of the NH Center for Nonprofits).SWPG2016_NHCfN_Jessica

There is no shortage of nonprofit organizations in the state, and plenty of needs to fill. So what cause are you passionate about?

You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~ Winston Churchill

There are so many wonderful people and organizations making a difference in our own backyards! If you would like us to feature your nonprofit or know of an amazing NH professional giving back email

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