Have you ever been in a situation where you've relied on the expertise or guidance of others? Have you received:

  • Advice about your career?

  • Help setting up your business?

People have given you their time in exchange for the satisfaction of knowing they helped you.

You can achieve that same satisfaction yourself through volunteering!

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What Are Your Skills And Experiences?

What are you good at? What have you learned or experienced that someone else could benefit from hearing about?

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These skills and experiences form a content inventory of what you can offer as a volunteer.

Here are some examples:

  • Resume writing

  • Creating a LinkedIn profile

  • Networking as part of a job search

  • Running your own business

  • Organizing and running an event

Everyone has skills that can be useful as a volunteer. What's in your content inventory?

What Interests You?

Consider who the right audience is.

Volunteers mostly choose causes that they have a personal connection to. Perhaps they have themselves benefitted from the cause in the past, or are connected to the cause through their industry, profession, or location.

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Here are some examples:

  • Arts and culture (eg. a local museum)

  • Entrepreneurship (eg. a program that helps young entrepreneurs)

  • Sports leadership (e.g. coaching)

Keep an open mind about volunteer opportunities. You might surprise yourself and discover a new passion!

What Is Your Time Commitment

Volunteering requires commitment. It can be easy to over promise and under-deliver. Before volunteering consider:

  • Which days of the week are you available?

  • What time of day works best, and for how long at one time?

  • How long can you volunteer for: a week, a month, or longer?

  • Are you available in person, remotely, or both?

Check out this Byte if you plan to volunteer while travelling. 👈

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You decide that you have only 2-3 hours per week to volunteer at most. Is this enough?

An Example Volunteering Plan

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Rowena just landed a new job and realized she is good at networking.

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She likes technology and wants to help others establish careers in this field.

Flaticon Icon She can dedicate one night each week to her plan for the next three months.

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Take Action

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You're ready to make a volunteering plan of your own! Ask yourself:


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