Guide to Finding Opportunities

 

  There are so many ways to volunteer; the choices can be overwhelming.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • How much time do you have?  Are you looking for something short term, a one time opportunity or can you make a regular commitment?
  • What level of commitment are you able to make? Many organizations request a commitment for a certain length of time, perhaps a school year or a certain number of months.
  • What issues are you passionate about?  You are much more likely to stick with a volunteer job if you care deeply about the issue.
  • Who’s volunteering with you? Are you seeking an opportunity to do with friends or family?  Do you prefer a solitary job or one with a group?
  • What kind of job would you like to do? Do you like working outside or prefer the indoors?  Do you like clerical work, creative jobs, interacting with clients, working with animals, children, senior citizens or other special groups?
  • How far are you willing to travel to volunteer? Be realistic about the time it will take to get to your volunteer activity.  Sometimes choosing something close to home, work or school may be a wiser choice.
  • What do you hope to gain from the experience? Do you have required hours that you need to volunteer?  Do you want to gain a new skill or develop one that you have?  Do you want to meet new people?

 

Volunteering is a very rewarding experience, for you and the organization you serve.  Talk with the volunteer coordinator about what you are seeking to be sure you find the right fit.  There are many opportunities out there — you can find one that fits your needs.  If you have questions about finding an opportunity in our data base, read more