Outside of the office, Organizational Change Management Lead Hema Kumar likes to absorb the beauty of nature by hiking and birdwatching. But after donating one hundred hours of pro bono support, nothing compares to the addicting rush of excitement she experiences when giving back to nonprofits through Taproot.
Finding purpose through pro bono
Like many children, while growing up I was unsure of what I wanted to be. Although my career continues to be written as I make my way through life, having a desire to help people was something I discovered about myself early on. Now as an Organizational Change Management Lead, I draw the most inspiration from helping nonprofits and have a deep appreciation for the work they do.
Valuable lessons in change management
When I first signed up to volunteer my skills through the Taproot Plus platform, Unity Community Development Corporation’s project request immediately drew my attention. Their important work helps address the needs of traditionally under-served community members by providing services such as employment, housing, education, and transportation. Their organization’s needs paired really well with my experience, so I knew we would make the perfect match. Through this board development project, I learned an unbelievable amount of new things. And although the outcomes from this project is still under development, I will forever value the lessons I learned through giving back pro bono.
Similarly, working with Building Families Together on a copywriting project was just as enjoyable. This fantastic organization works with formally incarcerated men to ensure that they and their families have access to the resources and education they need to thrive. Although finding myself revising writing on a topic I knew nothing about was a bit of a challenge, it was exciting to stretch my skills, get involved with a cause I care about, and immerse myself into their important work. Donating my skills to both of these organizations has been both fulfilling and eye opening.
The impact of pro bono
Addicting – that is how I would sum up my pro bono experience. When you give back, it has a way of providing happiness and a sense of purpose. To the nonprofit professionals I’ve worked with: thank you. You each took a chance on me and offered me the incredible opportunity to learn and grow with you. Each nonprofit I’ve partnered with has opened my eyes to incredible work being done around the world by amazing people.