AFP Small Business of the Year 2019

SOA is proud to have been selected as Columbia’s National Philanthropy Day SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR for 2019!  It’s true, SOA has been involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives, like our “30 Acts of Kindness,” adoption of a VAC family every Christmas, and participation as a United Way Pacesetter for fourteen years.

During this holiday season, we’d like to inspire you or your company to volunteer!  We all know of the great benefits of volunteering for the community, but here are 3 reasons volunteering is good for YOU.

1. Volunteering might make you live longer – Volunteering provides a way to socialize regularly and make meaningful friendships, which keeps you from being lonely. And loneliness is more dangerous than you think – it has been linked with an increase in likelihood of mortality of 26%.

2. Volunteering attracts talented employees – “Millennials are ‘twice as likely to rate their corporate culture as very positive’ if their company participates in workplace volunteer activities. https://www.givinga.com/corporate-philanthropy-benefits/

3. Volunteering can advance your career Volunteering is a great way to get experience or exposure to a new career, or hone skills that you already have in a new setting. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm

National Philanthropy Day is a day of celebration designated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals to recognize all charitable activities in our communities. A special thanks to the Heart of Missouri United Way for nominating SOA for this award.

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