Monday, November 19, 2012

Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers are the backbone of YNPN San Diego. As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our volunteers to build and sustain our programming and community relationships. 

With Thanksgiving (and the Black Friday commercials) upon us, I wanted to take a chance to thank all of the YNPN volunteers who have made this last year an amazing one. We could not have done it without you.

Our team of dedicated committee volunteers plan and execute amazing professional development and networking events that build capacity and connections throughout the San Diego community. To quantify their work, committee volunteers have help put on more than 25 events in one year. These events reached hundreds of young professionals in San Diego. That is no small feat!

Looking back on the last year, volunteers made such an active year possible. Our Social Committee volunteers have organized some of the most-attended Meet ‘N Greets yet, bringing together San Diegans from a variety of fields. The Professional Development Committee tapped into the expertise of San Diego leaders to share their knowledge and experience with the YNPN community. The Fundraising Committee secured our largest grant ever to ensure we can continue to offer top-notch programming for our members and the community. Moreover, the newly-formed Network Relations Committee has worked diligently to improve the member experience. 

New volunteers get involved all the time. For those of you that have been with us all year and those who’ve joined us recently, thank you. Your work does not go unnoticed and is much appreciated. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my fellow board members for their continued commitment and service to YNPN. It’s a pleasure to work and learn with them. I’m inspired by their passion for the cause and willingness to go the extra mile. While much of the board work is behind the scenes, it’s this crucial work that keeps us functioning day-to-day and makes YNPN's impact possible. Thanks, team.

Have a happy and safe Thanksigiving!

Post by Efrem Bycer, YNPN San Diego Interim Vice Chair. Efrem is an Economic Development Manager with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and developed BoardNEXT, a program connecting young professionals with nonprofit board service, with Momentum LLC. 

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