As an active member of the community, Kforce understands the importance of giving back to others, particularly during the Holiday season. As such, we would like to take a moment to recognize two individuals within our community of clients and consultants who are making an impact on those around them – AJ Rosenberg, senior director of business innovation for Swiss American and Larisa Kelly, claims examiner for CentiMark.
During the holiday season, Rosenberg organizes a number of programs for Swiss American, including food drives for the community and efforts to send products to soldiers overseas. In addition, she is a volunteer for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition, an organization which advocates for foster and adoptive children and their parents. She and her husband are also foster parents to a 6-month old boy and his 18-month old brother.
“Giving back is so much more than writing a check or donating canned goods,” said Rosenberg. “It can be something as simple as telling somebody how much you appreciate them. You never know what someone else is going through. A few positive words, or letting them know that somebody has their back, is often exactly what they need.”
Her advice to others is to find something that you are passionate about: “If you are an HR executive, there are a number of opportunities out there to help those without jobs find employment. The same goes for those that are passionate about children. One way to connect these passions to volunteer opportunities is the United Way’s volunteer match, which allows you to search volunteer opportunities by keyword or projects that interest you.”
Since working for CentiMark, Kelly has participated in a number of programs that give back to the community. These include the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Meals On Wheels, Blessings in a Backpack, It’s a Wonderful Life and various holiday food and gift drives. She has also played a key role in CentiMark’s Southpointe Golfs for Children, an annual charity golf tournament benefiting the Family Life Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
“To me, the decision to give back to the community was in knowing that sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can hold the greatest meaning to someone in need,” said Kelly. “It makes me feel extremely fortunate to know that the people we reach out to through these programs are incredibly grateful for the gesture and it made them feel as though they and their families are valued.”
For Kelly, volunteering brings as much benefit to her own life as it does to those she serves.
“Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Yet, while volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place, it also helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.”
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