By Jaime Flees
Five years ago, I heard the call (no pun intended) to get involved at Constance Brown Hearing Centers. I was a young, energetic banking center manager when a client of mine had lunch with me and convinced me to join the board. My first Walk For Better Hearing took place just four short months after that. I was lucky enough to have the support of my team at the Centre Avenue banking center. They joined me on that first walk with no questions asked. As the years went by, I was able to extend my influence beyond the four walls of my office and recruit more and more associates from Old National Bank. Last year, I had no less than twenty one people join me for the walk!
Constance Brown has touched my life in numerous ways, not the least of which was providing newborn hearing screening for my own children. I am passionate about the mission of Constance Brown Hearing Centers, and the people I interact with on a daily basis are able to see and feel that passion. It’s contagious and that’s why it’s no problem to recruit more and more associates each year. I am also grateful for my employer, Old National Bank. They really go out of their way to make sure their associates’ passions are their passions too by making it easy for my teammates to volunteer with me. Not only does the bank pay 24 hours per year for volunteer time, they also match up to $500 raised toward each event.
If I have a tip to share about recruiting walkers to join you, it is this: do not be shy about your passion. Speak often and enthusiastically about your commitment to the organizations and the importance of its mission. You’ll often find that people want to be involved, they are just waiting for you to ask. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few hours walking around a beautiful park with their friends for a great cause?