Giving Back and Growing: How Volunteer Service Helps You and Our Community


“What you put in, is what you get back.” said Emmy Alcocer-Hill, Head of Retail Enablement for University Federal Credit Union during the introduction of the Austin Young Chamber’s 11th Annual Non-Profit Fair presented by UFCU.

In its new virtual setting, Non-Profit Fair attendees were able to “move” from table to table to meet thirty two non-profit representatives and learn how they can support missions, causes, and people in our community. COVID-19 has had a profound impact on so many, and in many cases has demanded increased services from our non-profits. This year’s re-imagined Non-Profit Fair allowed young professionals to explore ways to help.

As a young professional leader, Emmy showcased how businesses, non-profits, and our community become stronger through non-profit volunteer service, and how an individual can grow from volunteer involvement as well.

Sharing her story on becoming a community leader in Austin, Emmy became a member and committee leader of the Austin Young Chamber, eventually rising to be the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2016. She went on to join a variety of boards and committees in our community.

Emmy’s story is one of many who see the personal, professional, and community benefits of volunteer service.

And beyond the appeal to employers, Emmy mentioned her involvement in the community has taught her problem solving skills and led her to be more confident and comfortable in conversations with her leaders in the workplace.

The Austin Young Chamber aims to foster experiences and connections such as Emmy’s through events like the Non-Profit Fair.

Did you miss the event? Check out our Non-Profit Fair Resource Page for background and contact information for each of the non-profits in attendance and continue your volunteer journey.


Watch the Non-Profit Fair Welcome from Emmy Alcocer-Hill

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Research from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows a link between volunteering and employment.

“Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers and volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment for all volunteers regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or the job market conditions.”