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October 19, 2019

Why a Diet of Volunteering is Healthy for Your Company

WeHeartProBono_Med_SizeWhen Marion started out in business, 20-some years back, she was working part-time and volunteering for local community groups and (like many young moms) her children’s PTAs. She became recognized for her success in promoting community events and was hired to do the Public Relations for Reston Town Center. Hence – Myers Public Relations was established.

Myers PR employees are encouraged to embrace community service. Myers PR staff members have taken volunteer and leadership roles in: the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce; Reston Association; Friends of Reston; Reston Chorale; Reston Historic Trust; the Greater Reston Arts Center.

A corporate culture that supports volunteering is good business strategy on multiple levels:

  • It helps with the recruitment and retention of quality employees
  • It is a creative way for employees to test drive new skills
  • Volunteering helps foster job-satisfaction and good morale
  • Pro bono projects raise your company’s brand awareness
  • A reputation as a corporation that gives back increases customer loyalty
  • And…. it’s good for your community

Today, Marion averages 500 hours of service annually. She has served on the Boards of: Initiative for Public Arts – Reston; The Medical Care for Children Partnership; the Reston Historic Trust; and is a Past Chairman of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. She is a current Board Director for the Fairfax County Council for the Arts and Leadership Fairfax, Inc. Combined, the MPR team donates close to 800 hours a year. Now, that’s a very healthy diet of volunteering. Bon Appetit!

ACE ACE, Baby!

Awards for Chamber Excellence – The ACE Awards, 2013

Guest Blog by Melanie Ford , Myers PR Intern

1011746_10151689708918746_439868662_nThis past Thursday, June 27, our office attended the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s ACE Awards at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Little did we know that we would also be supporting Marion Myers, President of Myers Public Relations, as she received the honor of becoming the 2013 Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award recipient!

As I watched the awards ceremony, I realized how important it is for a successful business to be a part of an organization like the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC).

Get Involved

Myers PR has been a member of the GRCC since 1994. Marion even got her start at the chamber as its first Communications Director and she credits the growth of her company to the relationships she built through the chamber. Needless to say, we do not underestimate the importance of networking around here.

Highlight the Skillset of Your Business & Employees

998183_10151507089105924_1769255909_nAs she escalated to Chair, Advisory Council member, and Communications Committee Chair, Marion continued to donate her time and skills by offering public relations and social media services for chamber members and the chamber. Consider volunteering as a means of showcasing your services for others!

…And You Might Win an Awesome Award!

photo (12)When GRCC President and CEO Mark Ingrao introduced the Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award, we all tried to guess who had won. As he introduced her, the Myers PR staff literally began jumping up and down in our seats. “She stayed active even after her year as chairwoman…her legacy and the chamber’s will live on thanks to her leading the achievement of all the chamber’s pictures and documents as part of the 30th anniversary celebration preparation,” Ingrao said.

In the words of Joe Ritchey, “Marion Myers is the perfect recipient [of the Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award].”

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We proudly applaud Marion for setting a precedent at Myers PR for community involvement as well as a commitment to service. (We may be biased, but we think she’s the best! The pinnacle, you might say…) To see an entire list of the 2013 ACE Award recipients, check out this article by Reston Patch!