I am sharing my three top tips for finding the “right” volunteer opportunity to give back in this post.
So if you’re thinking about volunteering yet don’t know where to start, here are a few steps to consider taking to have a valuable experience.
1. Search your network.
See who is an active volunteer within your network within the community you want to become a volunteer. Connect with them, grab a (virtual) coffee, and ask them about what it’s like to be a volunteer within that organization.
2. Decide how much you want to give.
Volunteer positions can demand as much time as a full-time job, while others are short-term duration “task force” type projects. Finding the right fit for your level of commitment is essential.
3. Decide what you want to learn and where you can contribute.
Many volunteer positions can be a great way to help develop skills. Take a look at how you might want to become engaged based on your SME or your gaps. The (informal) mentorship from the volunteer within the organization can be priceless – but it’s a two-way street for everyone involved.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Why people volunteer is wide and varied. The biggest reason I volunteer is to give back to the communities that helped me develop and grow.
I currently volunteer with three organizations all related to workplace health and safety. Each offers a different opportunity for engagement, as well as time commitment.
Whatever reason you’re looking to volunteer, there is most likely an organization waiting for your to step up, step forward, and become engaged.