Community Outreach Volunteer Opportunities
This volunteer initiative is through a partnership with BestPrep, a nonprofit that works with schools throughout Minnesota to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills. MNCPA volunteers speak to students about money management and financial literacy, using prepared PowerPoint slides from BestPrep. As BestPrep receives requests in your community or the school of your preference, they will contact you to coordinate a date and time for the presentation.
Time commitment: 2 hours minimum
IRS Disaster Response
Consider volunteering for the IRS Disaster volunteer program if you have tax expertise. Volunteers will receive a notice from the MNCPA if a tax assistance location is set up by the IRS or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in our area. Volunteers will help disaster victims prepare and file amended and delinquent returns and casualty losses. Some training may be required for volunteers before working in a recovery center. This is often only 1-2 hours and in some cases has been done online.
Time commitment: 1-5 hours
Position yourself as a leader in the profession by sharing your knowledge with MNCPA members as an author of an article for an MNCPA publication. Articles may be used for the the MNCPA website, in MNCPA e-newsletters or in Footnote, the MNCPA member magazine published nine times each year. You may also contribute content to be used in MNCPA Perspectives, the MNCPA blog. Articles should have a focus on current developments, trends and issues affecting the accounting profession. Prospective authors work with MNCPA editors to develop an article idea, outline and content.
Prepare + Prosper
Prepare + Prosper volunteers provide free tax preparation, financial education and asset development services to thousands of low-income individuals and families each year. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Nicole Laumer at email@example.com or 651-262-2163.
Student Mentor Directory
Connect with college-level accounting students who are looking for career guidance and advice. Your name, position and years of experience are listed in an online directory, and students can reach out via email when questions arise. Common topics include accounting career paths, the CPA exam and interview prep.
Time commitment: Varies
Talk to the Students
Members of the Talk to the Students program present to classrooms throughout Minnesota to increase interest in the profession. Presentation topics are about accounting careers and the CPA credential. When the MNCPA receives a request from a school, we contact nearby volunteers letting them know of the opportunity. Volunteers receive supplemental materials from the MNCPA, including a speaker packet with talking points and student handouts.
Time commitment: Varies
Reasons to volunteer
Here are three important business reasons you and your firm should be volunteering:
- Network. The most essential part of any business.
- Show your stuff. Volunteering and community service show potential customers the integrity of your company and demonstrates the quality of your work.
- Get attention. No better way to get positive PR exposure, and attracting new customers doesn’t hurt either.