How can I Find Great Volunteer Opportunities?

Sheri Cyprus

Great volunteer opportunities can be found in every community. Churches, schools, and community organizations always need volunteers, whether on a regular basis or for a one-time event. Becoming a volunteer is the perfect way to help a worthwhile cause as well as meet like-minded people in your area.

Many people choose volunteer opportunities that deal with children's issues.
Many people choose volunteer opportunities that deal with children's issues.

The first consideration to make if you are thinking of being a volunteer is how much of your time you can realistically donate. If you would like to volunteer two days a week, but are not sure you can make that commitment, it is better to volunteer for one day a week and then add on another day later when you are sure you can honor your commitment. Volunteer-run organizations rely on volunteers showing up when they say they will, just like business organizations with paid employees.

Volunteers are often needed to help cleanup disaster areas.
Volunteers are often needed to help cleanup disaster areas.

Once you have established how much time you want to spend as a volunteer, you can decide where you would like to volunteer your time and efforts. Most local newspapers advertise 'volunteers wanted' ads and schools and churches usually put up notices on bulletin boards or run requests for volunteers in their newsletters. Make sure the duties required are things that you can do and do not mind doing.

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Volunteer opportunities include helping out with rehab projects for low income families.
Volunteer opportunities include helping out with rehab projects for low income families.

For example, if you believe in helping animal shelters, but are allergic to dogs, you may not be able to walk or help groom dogs. However, you may still want to assist by making phone calls from your home asking for donations of old blankets or by participating in another task the shelter needs. Most organizations have many different jobs that they would like done by volunteers.

Retirement homes often use volunteers for a variety of services.
Retirement homes often use volunteers for a variety of services.

Friends are a good source of finding volunteer opportunities. Ask around, and you may discover that some of your friends have been volunteering their time regularly and you were not aware. A great volunteer opportunity does not have to take up a lot of your spare time.

Local animal shelters usually offer several ways to volunteer.
Local animal shelters usually offer several ways to volunteer.

No matter how often you volunteer, be sure to treat your volunteer opportunity as you would a paid job. Let the organizers know if you will be unable to work your shift or day so that they have time to find another volunteer to fill in for you. Being a courteous volunteer is a great help to any community!

Volunteering can be as easy as picking up trash.
Volunteering can be as easy as picking up trash.
Local schools are often in need of volunteer tutors.
Local schools are often in need of volunteer tutors.
Volunteer opportunities may be found in the classified ads section of a newspaper.
Volunteer opportunities may be found in the classified ads section of a newspaper.
Speaking with other community members about where they volunteer can help locate great volunteer opportunities.
Speaking with other community members about where they volunteer can help locate great volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers may travel to disaster areas to distribute non-perishable items.
Volunteers may travel to disaster areas to distribute non-perishable items.
One volunteering option is to help someone who is disabled with basic chores.
One volunteering option is to help someone who is disabled with basic chores.
Volunteering can be as simple as picking up trash.
Volunteering can be as simple as picking up trash.
People can participate in a food drive.
People can participate in a food drive.
Volunteers in larger communities can help people struggling with homelessness.
Volunteers in larger communities can help people struggling with homelessness.

Discussion Comments

AuthorSheriC

Have you tried asking about voluteering at your local hospital on weekends, anon7744? That sounds like it would be a good fit with your interests. Eventually perhaps you would be able to volunteer in the maternity ward?

anon7744

I am 15 years old and I want to volunteer at a hospital. I wanted to become a pediatrician since I was seven years. I don't know how to volunteer.

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