Are you a volunteer? Do you wonder if you’re a ‘good’ volunteer? First of all, you’re a volunteer! Congratulations on joining the other 64.5 million volunteers in the U.S. who are being active in their communities and serving a purpose. Secondly, if you’re passionate about what you do, surely you’re good at it. But here are a couple of helpful tips to get you going in the right direction towards being a good volunteer.
TIP #1: Find something you’re passionate about.
Think of an issue or a problem that makes you feel strongly about it. Do you want to change or improve it? What topics are you interested in—animals, gender equality, the homeless, environmental issues, education for youth? Whatever the issue may be, pick the one that you feel strongly about—and you’ve found your volunteer area.
TIP #2: Carefully calculate your free time.
The good thing about volunteering is that there is a wide range of time frames to do so. It all depends on the individual pursing a volunteer project. Being aware of your daily schedule and knowing how much time you are able to dedicate to your volunteer project is of vital importance for yourself and for the organization/non profit you are working with, including the individuals you are directly assisting. Simply, don’t overwhelm yourself with more than you can handle.
TIP #3: Start researching the organizations and non profits that specialize in your interests.
Find the organizations/non profits in your local area that have the same interests as you. Start by looking at their websites, and possibly contacting them through email for more information about what they do and how they impact the community.
TIP #4: Consider the challenges and skills required.
Every volunteer project is going to have its fair share of challenges. Challenges presented will affect individuals in different ways, therefore, it’s important to know what you are getting into before you commit. Know your strengths and know how to utilize them in certain situations. Being prepared during a moment of serious decision-making will portray good leadership and show you are a good volunteer.
TIP #5: Be Self-less, responsible, and have fun.
Love what you do, not for yourself, but for the impact it has on others and the community. Remember, you’re volunteering because you feel passionate about it, while aiding a cause that touches others’ lives. Volunteering is fun, and as a volunteer, you are persuaded to have fun doing the things you do. That said, have fun responsibly and enjoy the happiness volunteering brings you.
Hope the tips listed above are helpful when choosing a volunteer topic or organization! Please, check out some online volunteer opportunities near you to see what topics spark a connection with your interests. The right volunteer project could be waiting for you.
Have a great week!