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Member Thoughts: Giving Back Through Volunteerism

October 5, 2018

By Kris McMackin, CPA
Owner, Kris McMackin CPA, Staunton 

I grew up as the youngest of six siblings in a single parent household and, as you can imagine, we were poor.  Back then you did not have the kind of community support in place that you see now. I find it important and satisfying to be able to be a part of that community support so many years later, as does my staff.

I’ve reached a point both professionally and personally where I feel that it is not only a responsibility, but an honor, to be of service to our community. My business philosophy is an an extension of these feelings, part of our mission is to play a meaningful role in the success of not only small businesses but our local communities. It is a natural extension then to make volunteering an integral part of our business day, for both myself and my staff.

We volunteer as an office with Meals on Wheels year-round. During the summer and fall months we choose various projects and commit to a half a day per month. We close the office and spend those afternoons volunteering. This year, we worked with Stuff the Bus for the United Way in Augusta County as well as Project Grows.

Obviously our main goal is to have our time spent be meaningful to the organization we are working with, but we reap many benefits as well. Let’s face it, ours is a stressful profession, volunteering relieves stress. It also builds camaraderie not only among staff members, but within our community.

My hope is that we can inspire other businesses in our area to give the same type of commitment. I also hope that my staff will continue to volunteer outside of our office, and that their circle of family and friends will be inspired to do so.

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