How volunteering with PRSA Oregon changed my life

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I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t that overstating it just a little bit?” Actually, no. Let me explain. I became a member of PRSA years ago as part of my organization. But I wasn’t really involved except to attend the yearly ComCon conference in Portland. Then one year, a colleague asked if I would help register attendees. It was a small commitment so I said yes.

Arriving early, I met some truly wonderful and energetic people. Together we had a blast in the mayhem of getting everyone their name tags and marking them off. It was a simple task yet I had so much fun.

I started thinking that PRSA Oregon was perhaps of more value to me than I had considered before. Another colleague, also very involved in PRSA Oregon, suggested I should attempt to get my Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). Had I not had exposure to what a true public relations professional was like, I might not have responded.

As it was, I took up the challenge. After nearly a year, I became a newly minted APR and my professional life was never the same. I learned so many concepts and didn’t know at the time, but my connections through volunteering would come through in a major way during an unexpected job change.

Maybe your life can be enriched by volunteering as well? It can be a small one-time commitment or something ongoing. Take a minute and check out our volunteer page. You can look at current needs or just fill out our simple form so someone can contact you.

Like for me, I know you won’t regret it!

About the Author
About the Author

Tom Fuller, APR, is a 20 year veteran and Emmy® winning television journalist and communications professional with over 19 years of experience in state government. He has won numerous public relations awards including a 2017 Award of Excellence and the “Best of Show” award for the 2016 National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil Awards. 

He is a national speaker on content and visual engagement strategies as well as communications planning and measurement. Tom holds a BA degree in Communications Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition, he is the published author of five books on Oregon history and a licensed drone pilot. 

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Tom is an accredited communications professional.

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