Oct 10, 2019

Get Involved and Give Back

Get Involved and Give Back: EPIC Toledo’s Nonprofit Palooza Promotes Volunteerism

On Oct. 2, EPIC Toledo teamed up with nearly 50 local nonprofits to promote volunteerism and showcase various committee and board positions available to young professionals in the region.

Held at the Sylvania Country Club, the annual event is meant to connect young professionals who are interested in serving their community with northwest Ohio nonprofits with open volunteer, board and committee positions. The event falls in line with EPIC Toledo’s mission of building the next generation of community leaders.

Attendees and nonprofits converged on Sylvania Country Club to socialize with other EPIC Toledo members, learn about nonprofits big and small, and enjoy food and drinks.

“Engaging young professional leaders with your nonprofit, especially in volunteer leadership positions, is key to maintaining diversity, a fresh perspective and longevity on your board or any other leadership committee,” says Paige Reyes of March of Dimes. “Young professionals bring a lot of energy and a can-do attitude to board and committee service, and more and more they are also bringing a wealth of connections and passion to boot.”

Volunteers throughout the region are in good company. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 2018 was a record-breaking year for volunteerism. More than 30 percent of Americans volunteered through an organization last year for a combined total of 6.9 billion hours. Here in Toledo, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, and whatever your passion is, you can find an organization that aligns with your values.

“Giving back to the community that we all live and work in creates an impact that strengthens our region. As EPIC and community members, the event presents opportunities for volunteerism with a cuase that one may be passionate about,” says Nonprofit Palooza chair Erin Curley, “or involvement in a committee or board position, enabling individuals to not only engage with the community, but possibly fill a personal void that may not be present in the workplace.”

Nonprofit Palooza was sponsored by The Andersons, with partners Aly Sterling Philanthropy, Leadership Toledo, The Center for Nonprofit Resources and United Way of Greater Toledo.

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Don’t miss out on EPIC Toledo’s upcoming events

October Social

Cannaley Treehouse Village at Oak Openings

6-8 p.m. on Oct. 24

Toast marshmallows over a bonfire and make s’mores as you enjoy complimentary beverages and socialize with fellow EPIC members. Soak in the crisp fall air at one of the region’s beautiful Metroparks. Plus, you’ll get a chance to check out the Cannaley Treehouse Village progress, just a short walk from the social area.

Leadership Summit

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 8

During our 12th annual Leadership Summit, you’ll join 400 other young professionals and community leaders. Learn how to grow as a person and professional, make connections with your peers in the region and learn about effective communication, this year’s topic.

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