Guest Blog Post: Why More 20-somethings Should Give Their Time to Non-profits

Happy New Year everyone! We’d like to introduce you to Molly McKnight, Vice President of the Komen Greater Cincinnati Board, Previvor and Blogger. We read Molly’s blog post and just knew we had to share it here, so enjoy! (You can follow Molly over on her blog: The Molly Effect)

Over the weekend I discussed with some friends to do my next blog post on Fireball (lol), but figured something a little more uplifting/detoxifying is probably better-suited for all of our New Year’s resolutions still intact.

Like I listed last week, I had a lot of accomplishments and learning’s over the last year. Which was awesome! All in all, my resolution last year was to at the end of the day, in no matter what context of a goal I was hoping to reach, to have the end result “well with my soul.” Doing well, doing good and living life to its fullest makes my soul happy. Molly and friends

One of the biggest ways I accomplished this was by devoting more of my time and energy to a non-profit. I joined Komen’s Board of Directors, sat on committees and attended more meetings than normal, to really get involved more with this group, and to feel personally involved in the change this organization makes in people’s lives.

A lot of friends in the mid-twenty-somethings crowd think they’re either too young to get involved, don’t have enough experience, knowledge, monetary giving ability, whatever. But that is absolutely false. I believe even more so that your twenties are a great time to give your time. Giving can lead to an overwhelming sense of receiving, and doesn’t that sound better than falling into a quarter-life crisis? Here’s what to remember when debating if you can devote more time to non-profits and causes bigger than you:

You have free time
Whether you’d like it or not, “free time” is much more abundant when you’re young in the workforce. Even if you’re working more hours a week than a normal post-grad, chances are you have more time than you think that you could be donating to a cause that means something to you. Instead of binging on your latest Netflix obsession after work every night this week, you could look into volunteer opportunities available to you. The reward can be just as great as your favorite show’s season finale!

It’s an escape for your normal 9-5
The whole Monday-Friday, 9-5 ordeal can be tiring, and sometimes draining. A great way to escape the post-grad career blues can be found through volunteering. After a tough day in the office, going to help those in need is sure to be rewarding and uplifting. Get through the long work weeks by having something outside the office to look forward to. And it’s always a plus if your company gives you volunteer hours or credit for giving your time!

You get to use your talents in a new environment
For me, I was a journalism major and now work in marketing. So I jump at opportunities that allow me to use talents I already have like event planning, media planning and advertising initiatives. Things I work on in my real-life job, but can also help with outside the office. It’s a great way to get experience that can help the non-profit you’re working with, and add to your career resume as fun, rewarding jobs you’ve helped complete, outside of work hours (which is sure to look fantastic to potential employers in your next interview!)

Time can be just as valuable as money
Non-profits always need money. There’s always a goal to raise more money because in the end, that means being able to help more people, animals, whatever the cause may be. But a great thing to remember in our younger years when money isn’t always overflowing, is that our time can be just as valuable. Giving a few hours on the weekend to help volunteer at a local charity event, attending committee meetings for a cause close to your heart; these all can be ways where donating doesn’t have to mean money.

Doing good feels good
This is the best and easiest explanation. Doing good for others feels so, so good. Nothing is better than helping those in need, and especially when you feel like you really, personally helped. Whether it’s handing out lunches in a soup kitchen, helping write the organization’s monthly newsletter, or any aspect of volunteering that you can give, you’re destined to leave a better person than you came. When looking for New Year’s resolutions, is there an outcome any better than that?

Go out and do good in the world, team! I know you can.


(If you are looking to volunteer or get involved with Komen, please contact Jen at We need volunteers all through the year, and especially during Race time.)

Stories of Inspiration – Volunteer Manager with Big Heart

Our volunteer’s hearts are PINK and their caring has no limit!
Are you a leader, a thinker, or a doer?

Friday night, August 28, 2015

Volunteer ImageVolunteers play a vital role in the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure®. The success of the Race depends heavily on the support we receive from more than a hundred volunteers in the months leading up to the Race and on Race Day. Their passion and commitment is what makes our Race successful. Today, thanks to more than 100,000 survivors and volunteers/activists, Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest, most progressive grassroots organization fighting breast cancer.

Many volunteer opportunities are still available, click on the link below for more details and to sign up.

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Berigan or 513-671-9100 ext. 207

Jennifer Berigan, Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati – Staff
Manager of Special Events and Volunteers.

I started with the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Affiliate on February 8, 2006 (on what would have been my mother’s 57th birthday). I hopped on a plane (which is HUGE – I do not like to fly) that day for a Komen Leadership conference in Arkansas – I was blown away by this organizations passion, determination and drive to find a cure. I know my mom is proud of me for joining the Komen team especially, since she passed away May 28, 2005. I started my career as the Community Outreach and Events Manager- this was a perfect fit for me. My background, prior to having kids, was teaching. So the thought of going out into the community and educating people about breast health awareness was an exciting new adventure for me.

I have been with the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate for almost 10 years. The 2015 Race for the Cure will be my 10th race – WOW! My roles have changed throughout my time here and I have learned so much about how this organization operates.  I am currently the Special Events and Volunteers Manager, again, this is a perfect fit for me because I love to teach/ train volunteers to become amazing Komen Ambassadors in our 21 county community.

I encourage you to read our grants page online and learn more about where every dollar is spent. 75% of all funds raised stays here locally and 25% goes to national research. Through our 2015-2016 community grants, Komen Greater Cincinnati is investing $366,170 in education, diagnosis, treatment and support programs here in the Greater Cincinnati area provided by 8 local organizations that serve uninsured or underinsured residents in our service area. Additionally, $150,000 was awarded to Sponsored Research of Joan Garrett, PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Since it was founded in 1997, Komen Greater Cincinnati has invested more than $10.3 million in local breast health agencies and organizations

So, why do I work for Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati as the Special Events and Volunteer Manager? Because I believe in the Komen mission and I love to teach. I am passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer not only because I lost my mom, and many friends have been touch by this horrible disease but because I have two beautiful daughters and my wish for them is to:

(Me and my daughters) Kylee + Ella = my INSPIRATION!

(Me and my daughters) Kylee + Ella = my INSPIRATION!


Stories of Inspiration – Volunteer Spreads Hope

Race season is in full swing! If you didn’t know, our 18th Annual Race for the Cure is Friday night, August 28th. We’d like to highlight some inspirational stories over the next few weeks. We hope they inspire you to register, volunteer or make a difference in someones life.

Our first post is written by Donna Traylor, an avid volunteer and mother of breast cancer survivor and Komen Cincinnati staff member Melissa. Enjoy!

“Why do I volunteer for Susan G. Komen?  I volunteer because I want to support the fundraising efforts of Susan G. Komen events, which provide early detection programs and funding for breast cancer research.

Why do I want to do that you ask? I do it for my daughter, and for all the other men and women that are affected by breast cancer. They all deserve to have hope,

Melissa crossing the finish line as a survivor in 2013

Melissa crossing the finish line as a survivor

HOPE that one day there will be a cure. I became involved with Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati four years ago, shortly after my 25 year old daughter was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. I felt like I needed to do something, something that made me feel like I could make a difference. Volunteering is so easy, fun, and most of all, it’s very rewarding. A few hours of my time a year, is the least I can do.

I volunteer at the Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure and at the Komen 3-Day 60

Jeff and Donna Traylor Proud Volunteers

Jeff and Donna – Proud Volunteers

mile walk in Atlanta. It always brings tears to my eyes when I hear a walker say “thank you”. I used to wonder why are they thanking me for volunteering? But now I understand why they say that, if it weren’t for volunteers like myself, there wouldn’t be a Race for the Cure or a 3-day 60 mile walk, there would be less of a chance for HOPE, for a CURE.

If breast cancer has touched the life of someone you love, you will understand why I’m so passionate about volunteering for this wonderful organization. When it’s your daughter or your loved one, you want do anything you can to make a difference and to help find a cure and that’s why I volunteer.”


If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s Race for the Cure, please contact Jennifer Berigan at or click here to check out the volunteer listings on our website.

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