Finding Volunteer Opportunities
Grow personally and professionally through volunteering.
Volunteering helps you get involved, meet new people, learn about new industries, and give back to your community. Dedicating your time to an organization that interests you is also a great way to build your résumé. Start by identifying what you are good at and what you enjoy doing for free. Then, look for opportunities that allow your skills to shine.
Whether you live in a big city or a small town, there is always a way to get involved. Think about your strengths and interests. What makes you happy? Do you have a soft spot for animals? See if there is a local animal shelter or rescue center that needs extra help. Do you like listening to stories? Volunteering to visit with the elderly at a senior center might be a good fit for you. Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Look into the opportunities available at a local hospital.
Don’t let a busy schedule discourage you from volunteering. If you don’t have time to regularly volunteer, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved for a limited time. Local events, like festivals, food drives, and 5ks, are often organized by non-profit groups to raise money for a good cause. See if you can help assist during the event. Tip: Need help getting in touch? Visit the organization’s website to see if they have a form you can fill out to volunteer. If that doesn’t work, look for an email address and send the coordinator a note. No email? Search for the event’s Facebook page and send a direct message.
Help from Home
There are plenty of organizations that you can support from the comfort of your own home. Virtual volunteering can come in many forms, like writing letters to the troops, sending cards to cancer patients, or sewing blankets and hats for newborns.
Volunteering doesn’t have to be complicated. Offering support to somebody who needs a little extra help is easy—just ask a neighbor what you can do to make their life easier. Whether it’s mowing a lawn, cleaning a house, or walking a dog, agreeing to help somebody in need will help you grow, too.