We live in a society where time is everything because there never seems to be enough of it. Unfortunately, non-profit organizations are suffering because enough volunteers aren’t being recruited. So what’s the big deal? Well, have you ever noticed how many homeless people are roaming the streets of your city, or how many people go without proper nourishment because they can’t afford it? Non-profit organizations exist for many of these causes, and that’s why it’s important to get involved with them.
Just think; if everyone were to volunteer even just an hour during the week, or one day a month, we could make a huge difference in the world. It’s not like you’re being asked to make a huge sacrifice; in fact, you’ll most likely walk away feeling better about yourself because you reached out and helped someone in need.
Think you’ll take the leap and commit to being a volunteer? That’s great! Here are some tips to help you get involved:
1. Look for what interests you – There are organizations for everything, so if you want to help sheltered animals or mentor children, there’s a place for you! Volunteer Match is a great site to find opportunities to volunteer in your area. All you have to do is type in your location, enter a keyword to search by, and then you’ll see the options available.
If you don’t find what you’re interested there, try searching for non-profits in your area by using a simple search engine. Most of these organizations have websites, which leads to my next point:
2. Research the organization – Once you have found an organization or position you’re interested in, make sure to research what they’re all about and what they expect from their volunteers. Most places only require you to volunteer at least once or twice a month, but some organizations have more demanding requirements.
3. Make time – Giving up one hour of television or the internet isn’t so hard when you know you’re making a difference. Set aside time every week or month (however much you decide to volunteer), so that you are consistently involved with the organization. Remember, the more you are involved, the better the employees will know you, which is great for future employment opportunities and letters of recommendation.
Don’t forget to include your volunteer experience on your resume! Getting involved in the community shows a lot about your character and your willingness to help others. Employers like to see that you’re involved and willing to donate your time for good causes.