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Lead Story

Think technology and loyalty for the holidays


Industry Update

AmEx, the DOJ settlement holdout

PCI SSC's latest: P2PE guidelines

ALDI breach may highlight fraudster M.O.

Trade Association News


Keeping merchants in the know

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Prepaid profile: Prepaid Solutions Inc.

How regulations can help prepaid


Interchange: Matching loyalties and realities

Patti Murphy
The Takoma Group

Does PayPal's new offering actually mean anything?

Ron Osborne
Salus-Novus Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Making VAR relationships work for you

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

Think before you send

Dale S. Laszig
Castles Technology Co. Ltd.

HIPAA and PCI: How do they compare?

Nicholas Cucci
Network Merchants Inc.

Budgeting: A crucial management skill - Part 2

Vicki M. Daughdrill
Small Business Resources LLC

Company Profile

TriSource Solutions LLC

New Products

Automated, but not ignored, billing

Information & Analytics Services
First Data Corp.


Opening doors through community service



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

October 25, 2010  •  Issue 10:10:02

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Opening doors through community service

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
- Maya Angelou

Professionals of all stripes recognize the value in maintaining industry ties though professional organizations and networking. But giving back to our communities often takes a back seat to career advancement. Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Under the current economic climate, many local programs, from youth sports to food banks to service organizations, are in dire need of both financial and volunteer support. Concurrently, local programs are suffering due to budget cutbacks and shrinking financial donations as philanthropists scale back. Ample opportunities exist to donate time to local community programs. Not only does it help improve the community, but volunteering offers opportunities to build relationships with other community leaders. Down the road, when the local market owner is looking for a new payment processor, he or she may recall the person who picked up the donation for the local food bank.

Service club camaraderie

Established service clubs provide a gateway to volunteerism for many professionals. Joining such an organization brings together an instant group of like-minded contacts. A diverse range of organizations exists, so volunteers can become involved in initiatives that mean the most to them.

For example, Rotary International, with 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide, has volunteers working to combat hunger, eradicate polio, improve health and sanitation, and provide education and job training. The Elks organization is committed to scholarships, youth activities, veterans programs and community investments. Lions Clubs International strives to empower people to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. Optimist International conducts positive service projects that target youths.

Local programs for youths and adults

Opportunities to serve are diverse, as are the types of skills needed. Youth programs survive on the shoulders of adult volunteers and run the gamut from tutoring and mentoring to coaching youth sports. Most communities have youth centers or clubs that can be excellent places to search for programs in need.

Don't have time to volunteer? Consider sponsoring a youth sports team or enrichment program. (Your logo just might appear on the uniform worn by the child of your next sales contact.) Local programs also seek assistance with homeless shelters, literacy programs and advocacy services, among other projects.

In giving back to your community, you'll likely find that the more helpful you are the happier you'll be.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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