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10 Tips on Becoming a Volunteer

1. Consider what you are passionate about. Do research on the causes or issues that are important to you then look for opportunities that match.

2. Consider what you have to offer. If you enjoy outdoor work, or have a knack for teaching, you may want to look for a volunteer opportunity in which your special skills can be utilized

3. Think outside the box! Many community groups that are looking for volunteers, like neighborhood watch programs, disaster relief organizations, youth organizations, inter-generational programs, and park services may not have occurred to you but could just be the perfect fit.

4. Don’t wait to be asked. There are several ways to find organizations that are looking for volunteers.

5.Request an interview. If you want to express your interest and find out more about a volunteer opportunity then feel free to ask for an interview or meeting.

6.Do you want to learn something new? Take into consideration whether an organization offers training or professional development opportunities for their volunteers.

7. Find a volunteer activity that fits your schedule. Different organizations need different levels of commitment for different types of volunteer activities.

8. You don’t have to go at it alone. Make an effort to volunteer with friends or as a family. Think about looking for a volunteer opportunity that would be suitable for parents and children to do together, or for husband and wife or a group of friends to take on as a team.

9. Virtual Volunteering- yes, there is such a thing. If you have computer access and the necessary skills, some organizations now offer the opportunity to do volunteer work over the computer.

10. Don’t give up! If you find that your volunteer experience wasn’t what you expected, talk to your volunteer supervisor or coordinator about it. Think of what could make it better and check with them to see if your ideas are possibilities.