Becoming the Best Volunteer
Volunteering is the perfect way to give back to your community or favorite organization. Donating your time is a selfless act that will positively affect the world around you.
However, it is important to make sure you find the right volunteer program for you. If your heart isn’t into it, you won’t find much joy in the volunteer work and it might end up feeling more like a burden than helping out.
How to find the right volunteer opportunity
To evaluate the best opportunity for your self and the organization is to honestly answer few of the questions we have listed below:
- How much of a commitment are you willing to undertake?
- Do you have any special skills — such as nursing or teaching — that the organization may be interested in?
- Do you want to work alone or are you a people person and enjoy working with others?
- What type of people would you prefer to work with? Would you rather work with people your own age or ones who are older or younger than you?
Getting the most out of volunteering
After asking some of those basic questions, we have identified helpful tips that will help you maximize your time with an organization. It is important to remember, a happy volunteer makes a good volunteer.
Some Volunteering Tips:
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Such as if training is involved, time commitment and who you should direct questions or concerns to.
- Know what the organization or program expects of you. It is best to know exactly how much time the program wants you to donate and what tasks they will have you do.
- Try to start small and if after an appropriate amount of time you are enjoying the volunteering, consider increasing your time commitment.
- Never force yourself to continue volunteering if the fit isn’t right. Instead, consider changing your focus by talking to the organization.
- Have fun and enjoy yourself. The best experiences occur when both the organization and the volunteer benefit.
No matter which organization you choose to volunteer with, you are making a difference and even a few hours once a month can greatly help those in need. Furthermore, donating your time can produce a chain reaction that causes your friends and family to also volunteer. So what are you waiting for?