Before you start looking for volunteer work in your local community, it’s important to be aware of a few things. First, you need to know exactly what kind of volunteer work you want to do. Your interests should match up with the work.
For example, if you love animals then you can consider donating your time to a pet shelter. If you love helping the needy, you can help prepare food in shelters and soup kitchens. You can also do something that’ll benefit you. For example, do volunteer work with a tree service company to gain experience for becoming an arborist. I did this myself with a tree trimming Honolulu company and we trimmed, pruned, and planted trees to help beautify distraught communities.
You also need to decide how much time you’re willing to allot in volunteer work and for how long. These things may not seem important at first, but they actually are – if you want the experience to be fulfilling and beneficial to everyone concerned.
In 2014, an estimated 62.8 million Americans did a combined total of 8 billion hours of volunteer work. If you’re wondering where and how to find local volunteer work, here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Contact your local government.
Health and social welfare agencies in your city can refer you to organizations and groups that need volunteers, including shelters, schools and community hospitals. Government sites also have pages specially dedicated to volunteers.
2. Search online.
The great thing about doing some research online is that you can get plenty of information fast. There are Internet databases that can direct you to local groups that are looking for volunteers as well. Just make sure you provide specific information about the kind of volunteer work you’re looking for, your location, and other pertinent details.
3. Get the word out.
Your friends and family may know of companies/agencies/organizations looking for volunteers. By telling others that you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, they may be able to recommend or refer you to the right people.