Growing up, I was always encouraged to work with the community. I worked in soup kitchens, helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity, sorted food at food banks, helped distribute information and items at PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), walked dogs at no-kill shelters, and raised money for literacy programs. I have found that a strength among my peers – members of the Millennial Generation – is that volunteerism is quite common. Our interest in helping the community doesn’t stop there; I just read an article on Philanthropy.com that reported “About 75 percent of young people who provided data for the 2012 Millennial Impact Report said they gave money to a nonprofit in 2011, while 70 percent said they have helped solicit donations by encouraging colleagues and others to support a cause.”
As a generation, it is not about obligation to give back, but part of who we are to want to contribute to the community, to be a part of the solution, and to educate ourselves. These lessons bleed into how we choose and judge the companies for which we work. Every company has its own personality, and I choose to work for a company that is giving. Much like how one chooses friends, I have set certain standards to which my current and future employers must meet. A sense of compassion, empathy, and kindness is important to me, and I know I am not alone in this assessment.