Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community or lend a hand to a worthwhile cause. If you’ve been thinking about signing up for volunteer work but are unsure of where to start, here are some ideas:
Think about it. Why do you want to volunteer? Do you want to learn new skills, offer skills you already have, gain work experience or give to a cause? It’s also very important to figure out how much time you can commit.
Check it out. Search volunteer databases in your community for opportunities that match your skills and interests. Read volunteer descriptions carefully to understand the requirements and duties.
Reach out. Contact the organization directly and ask any questions you may have about the role.
What is involved and what do I need to do to apply?
Some organizations, like Amnesty International, require you to complete an online or in-person application, while others require a resume. You may be asked to participate in an interview or attend an orientation session.
If you’re hoping volunteering will lead to full-time employment, keep in mind that your chosen organization might not be able to guarantee a job. However, you can use this volunteer position as an opportunity to network and build experience.
The time commitment required often varies. Depending on your availability, you can choose to sign up for a special one-time event or something on a consistent and on-going basis. And most organizations reimburse their volunteers for transportation costs. If in doubt, ask.