Are you starting to consider taking up volunteering in your free time? You’re in luck, because there are a lot of opportunities available to you in today’s day and age. With the use of the internet, it’s simple to find volunteering opportunities in your area. It’ll take some narrowing down to figure out where to give your time.
6 Things to Consider
We’ve compiled a list of 6 things to consider to help you narrow down which volunteering opportunity (or opportunities!) will work best for you:
- Is the group credible? This is one of the first things that you should look into before volunteering for a group, company, or organization. Are they trustworthy? Do you know much about them and the service they provide? This can be a great way sift through the vast pile of options.
- What are the values of the group? Once you’ve weeded out the ones you’re unsure about, you’ll want to look into the values of the group. Do they align with your values? If you were to volunteer there, would you feel like you’re making a positive impact for people?
- Who are you helping? When you volunteer, who will you be impacting? Are they the people you want to be helping? Or do you think your time could be better spent elsewhere?
- What is your role? Now, imagine yourself in the volunteering position. What will you be doing? Will you be able to utilize your talents and passions? Will you be able to do a good job, or will you feel like a fish out of water?
- Can it fit your schedule? By now, hopefully you will have sifted through your list quite a bit. Now you should be asking yourself if you can fit the time into your schedule. Maybe the organization is too far away, or the hours they hold don’t match up to your own. If timing will be an issue, it’s best to nix it.
- Will you enjoy it? When it comes down to the wire, you’ll want to go with the volunteering opportunity that just feels right. You want to enjoy the work that you’re doing. You want to be using your best talents for the benefit of other people; that’s what volunteering is all about. Pick the place that fits you. Pick the place that you feel certain you will enjoy and look forward to doing.
Hopefully, by the time you’ve considered each organization, company, or group carefully, you will have found the one that is perfect for you. Perhaps if there’s two that you’re torn between, you could alternate your free time with both, which would keep your schedule exciting and fresh.
Of course, keep in mind that you should feel comfortable with the time you are donating. Don’t spread yourself too thin, you don’t need the stress. Take the time out of your schedule that you’re willing to give up for those in need – there’s no reason to feel like you have to do it all. If you try to do too much, you may end up being more hassle than help. Keep it simple.