This week is Service Week, here at Bliss Habits. To me, service refers to volunteering. I’ve been a dedicated volunteer for a number of nonprofits over the last decade or so of my life. Everything from teaching literacy to socializing shelter dogs. My current volunteer endeavor is with a nonprofit who pairs services dogs with disabled veterans.
People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons. The reason I volunteer is because of the impact it has on the community. By giving myself in a variety of different ways, I improve the quality of life for all of those around me, whether they walk on two legs, four legs, or ride on four wheels.
Volunteering is not only beneficial to others, but it also provides me with the ability to feel useful. I could go on about the emotional confines of a wheelchair, but the bottom line is, I need to feel like a valuable member of society. For me, I accomplish this through volunteering.
The problem with volunteering, and the reason why most people don’t, is that they have no clue how to get started.
So here are 7 questions to ask yourself before you put your time (and maybe your money) where your mouth is.
1. What are you interested in doing as a volunteer?
2. Where or with what population would you like to make a difference?
3. Do you want to contribute by doing something you’re already proficient at or you want to learn a new skill?
4. How much time are you willing to donate to an organization?
Every day, once a week, once a month? During the day, only during evenings, or only on weekends.
5. Do you have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?
Maybe you’re a skilled carpenter or an HR specialist.
6. How do you plan to get to the volunteer location?
Transportation is often tricky. Will you drive, walk, or use public transportation?
7. Once you’ve answered these questions, ask yourself one last thing – Is this a good match for me?
To be a good volunteer you must be prepared, punctual, willing to participate, and committed. These 7 questions will put you on the right path to becoming the best volunteer you can be.
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