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How to Find Volunteer Opportunities

Woman Volunteer

The spirit of helping others and building a community is something everyone can agree is worthwhile, but it can sometimes be daunting and difficult to know where to find opportunities to give back in today’s busy world.

There are many great resources available for everyone to find opportunities and activities to volunteer your time or expertise for. Follow these easy steps and you will be making the world a better place before you know it.

Why Do You Want to Volunteer

The first step in a road to giving back is to consider why you want to volunteer. Do you want to build your own skills and make new friends or are you in a point in your life that teaching others is where you have the most to offer? Answering this question can help you choose the right direction for your volunteer work.

Choose an Organization that Matches Your Passion

Once you know what drives your passion to volunteer you can more easily find an organization that supports what you value. Organizations of all types exist to support different causes, initiatives or activities. And if you can’t find something that matches what you want to do create your own!

Start Locally

There is no better place to start than where you live when it comes to volunteering. Many organizations are national and worldwide with branches and groups in many locations and will hopefully have a presence in your town. But don’t get discouraged if you are the founding member where you live; you will be making your community a better place.

Get Started!

These are some great resources for finding current, reputable volunteer organizations and opportunities.

VolunteerMatch is a well-known organization website that will match you with opportunities based on location and interest. All major organizations, such as the American Red Cross and United Way, use this service when posting volunteer opportunities along with small local organizations.

Your Hometown – Local municipalities are a great place to find local organizations with immediate opportunities. Cities and towns often promote volunteer activities on their websites and utility newsletters.

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