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BELOIT — If speed dating isn’t your thing, you might want to try speed boarding.

It’s a great way to give back to the community while building your resume, according to Britney McKay of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Rising Professionals.

The Rising Professionals in conjunction with the United Way Blackhawk Region will be hosting speed boarding at Irontek, 635 Third St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The free event is open to anyone.

The event is designed to give people the opportunity to learn about all the nonprofit boards in the community which need people in leadership roles.

“It’s a good opportunity for young people. You can learn so much from serving on boards,” said Britney McKay, marketing associate. “These boards need people to serve.”

Twenty nonprofits were invited to showcase their board opportunities, and refreshments will be served. Those from the United Way Black Region will also speak about a new tool online where organizations can list their volunteer opportunities.

Although the event won’t actually be timed like speed dating, McKay said it will offer an opportunity for individuals to meet with a lot of different organizations at one time in one place.

Last spring Rising Professionals in conjunction with United Way Blackhawk Region hosted a “how to be a board member” presentation.

“Now we want to work more directly to facilitate people joining boards or finding some more committed volunteer possibilities,” McKay said.

McKay said many boards are in need of some new members with new ideas.

“It’s great for the organization and it’s great for the young person because there is so much to learn. It’s not just professional development. When you are volunteering for an organization, it’s personal development. Giving back is really important,” McKay said.

Rising Professionals have about 60 members and is a subgroup of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce. The group often gives back to the community. McKay said, for example, Rising Professionals built garden beds for Nature at the Confluence this summer and made a $250 donation to help with the maintenance of the garden beds.

“The goal is to have a service day every year,” she said.

For more information visit or find “Greater Beloit Rising Professionals” on its Facebook page.

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