You decided to become an active citizen and commit to being a volunteer. Now all you have to do is search for the perfect opportunity and....
Oh no! It seems like there are a million and one non-profits to choose from. How are you ever going to select the right one?
Luckily, you'll just need a little self-reflection. Ask yourself the right questions about volunteering so you can choose the best volunteer opportunity for you.
Does It Spark Joy?
First and foremost, the opportunity has to be something you're interested in!
Does it address a social justice issue you're invested in?
Do you feel passionate about it?
Does it make you want to learn more?
Is It Local?
Simply put: you know your own community and its needs best! Forget the plane ticket and focus not on where you can go, but what you can do.
By choosing a local opportunity, you will:
Connect with a new neighbor
Learn more about a local issue
Maximize your impact as a volunteer
Does It Fit?
Logistics, logistics, logistics! The best opportunity will fit with your lifestyle.
Is it virtual or in-person?
Can you afford it?
Do you have enough time to make the commitment?
You'll have to be present to make a difference.
Nadya is in college and has class until 3 pm. Which is the best opportunity for her?
Can You Give Back?
Once upon a time, someone else taught you something. Now it's your turn!
Like to cook at home? Volunteer with a soup kitchen!
Enjoy playing sports? Teach kids basketball!
Know a lot about computers? Offer your tech skills for free to a non-profit!
Choose an opportunity that allows you to share your unique knowledge.
Here are some things you can do right now:
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