I had a rather different spring break than most college students my age. This year wasn’t about which beach to head to, what cruise line I should try to go on, or what awesome city I should try to visit. I decided to stay here, in good old Reno, Nevada. Early on, I had decided that if I was going to start getting involved in more than just a couple of volunteer projects, I needed to start using my free time to search for those opportunities. Mission accomplished. I am now involved in at least four different projects that will take place from now until July and I am thrilled!
In fact, the process was easy! There are a number of different websites that are easily accessible for those who want to know what organizations need volunteers as well as which areas are in need of those volunteers. Personally, Volunteermatch.org has always been a valuable resource. The site helps recruit volunteers, allows organizations to post for needed volunteers, and even has a blog where volunteermatch members can post their experiences, ideas, or projects, to share with readers, as well as have “guest” bloggers to share.
Over spring break, I used volunteermatch.org to find some volunteer projects happening in Reno. I wanted to jump right in. Immediately, a list of different organizations and clubs in need of volunteers popped up and it was only a matter of reading through the descriptions of the roles of such volunteers that I picked one that interested me. I simply filled out a couple questions, basic things such as my name, date of birth, place of residence, and my email. The very next day, I was contacted by a representative of the organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, to make inquiries about my interest in the organization. It was as easy as that.
In early April, I will be attending an orientation put on by the organization to get a detailed explanation about what the organization does, who they help, and what we, as volunteers, bring to those who need help. More information about the organization is to come.
For now, I just wanted to share my joy with you. I hope this gives some of you a little inspiration. Perhaps you’ll want to join, check out the organization, or even find your own interests in volunteering.
Please check out Volunteermatch.org and other websites like it that can help with volunteer related opportunities. It’s a great way to become involved in the community, and if nothing else, at least you’ll know for future reference where you can turn for volunteer work.
Have a great week!