Volunteering – A Win-Win Proposition

Do you volunteer? If you are a working mother, you may already be giving back because of the activities your children are involved in like classroom help, scouts or at your place of worship. You already know how good it feels to help bring a program to life.

However, if your kids are grown or no longer provide ways to volunteer, you may be looking for new ways to get started volunteering.

Help Guides some great advice on volunteering including the many benefits you’ll derive from the experience. Here is their advice on how to get started:

How to find the right volunteer opportunity

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a volunteer position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the organization’s needs. The following questions can help you narrow your options:

  • Would you like to work with adults, children, or animals, or remotely from home?

  • Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?

  • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?

  • How much time are you willing to commit?

  • How much responsibility are you ready to take on?

  • What skills can you bring a volunteer job?

  • What causes are important to you?

Also consider the goals you have for your career and life experiences. Do you have an interest in technology? You might find a way to incorporate an interest with technology and a desire to give back when you look for a place to volunteer. Consider checking LinkedIn Groups for information on volunteering.

  • VolunteerMatch: over 13,000 members in the LI group helping connect people with different non-profit organizations
  • Volunteer Coordinators an open LI group with almost 13,000 members sharing new opportunities for people interested in volunteering
  • Kiva Zip Community helping entrepreneurs make a difference in their village with micro loans
  • Non Profit Network closed group with 150,000 members working in, supporting and interested in non profit organizations

 

There are also ways to volunteer in the work world as well. This past year I was interested in presenting at the Content Marketing Conference, however, they had their speaker positions filled so I offered to volunteer.

It was an amazing experience! I met some terrific people, had the opportunity to be a room monitor for one of the break out sessions and learned so much.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others while also learning, networking and taking a step further down the road to your best life.