I know, volunteering is not part of the Latino DNA.In most of our countries, non-profit organizations have only recently started to make a dent in our consciousness and in our time.
When I was growing up in Argentina, the most people would do is volunteer in church or sometimes at the school PTA.
Yet, volunteering is a big part of life in America. People belong to clubs, and professional associations; they are Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts leaders; they head committees at work and at the local hospital. These are all places where they develop strong bonds with others in the community. Just keep in mind that through volunteerism they not only give back to society but they build powerful connections as well.
If you ask the top ranked people in your organization on how many boards they sit, or in how many organizations they volunteer their time, you’d be surprised to notice a correlation: the higher the position someone holds the larger the number of volunteer jobs he/she holds as well. What does that tell you?
Look for opportunities to serve your community (the best ones are those that relate to your passions) and you will be rewarded for your dedication with something extremely valuable: trust and connections.