Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Myers, Berkshire Bank
This Global Volunteer Month, we’re spotlighting some of the hundreds of talented skills-based volunteers we are fortunate to work with every year. Today we hear from Melissa Myers, a Compliance Analyst with Berkshire Bank, who reflects on her experience at Skills for Cities 2020.
“In a pandemic in the midst of a lot of social unrest, [volunteering] really made me feel like I was able to make a difference, to be a better person, and offer something of value to a very deserving nonprofit.”
Skills for Cities is our high-impact day of service that convenes multiple nonprofits and cross-company teams of volunteers to collaborate on solutions to organizational challenges and build connections. This year, we’ll host two: one during National Volunteer Week later this month and another in October during Pro Bono Week, which will be dedicated entirely to BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations.
Last fall, Melissa was part of a team that worked with mentoring nonprofit My Brother’s Keeper 617 (MBK 617) to define its corporate partnership offerings and enhance its outreach and relationship management strategy. Because of Melissa and the 100 volunteers from 11 companies that participated in Skills for Cities, MBK 617 and 13 other BIPOC-led and racial justice nonprofits received more than $146,000 in pro bono services in just one day.
Thank you to Melissa and all of our skills-based volunteers for sharing your time, talents, and expertise to build nonprofit capacity and help our communities thrive! We look forward to seeing many of you again later this month at our National Volunteer Week Skills for Cities event for Midwest nonprofits.