Are you interested in volunteering? Here are some tips to get you started with finding the opportunity that’s right for you:
Think about what matters to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping others builds stronger communities, and enriches your own life at the same time.
Make sure to choose the opportunity that will really make you passionate, something that you will look forward to doing and an organization you look forward to volunteering at.
Research causes that are important to you
Whether it’s helping children achieve their potential, helping families become financially stable, or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.
Consider the skills you have to offer
Would you like to write an agency’s newsletter? Or would you rather build a house? Find something you enjoy doing and enhance your skills through volunteering.
Learn something new
Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better.
Don’t over-commit your schedule
Stick to a volunteering schedule that makes sense for you and leaves you time to enjoy the activity.
Consider volunteering as a family
Group volunteering is a wonderful way to bond with your family or co-workers. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will help someone in need.
Now that you’ve read a few tips to get you started, check out our Volunteer Center for opportunities. Have you volunteered in the past? Let us know about your experience in the comments!