When volunteers spend time giving back, it helps to create strong communities. In addition to the various benefits that you can offer those in need, giving back also has significant benefits for volunteers. Volunteering your time can make you happier and healthier, but what if you just don’t know where to start?
Often, people are compelled to give back, but find themselves asking, “how do I get involved?” Luckily, there are a vast range of resources to help you identify organizations that could benefit from your help. In this beginner’s guide, you will discover how to find those organizations and how to identify which nonprofit is a good fit for you.
If you are truly a beginner, you may want to do some outreach via national or global organizations that have seasoned and structured volunteer programs. Following are some nonprofits that could help you get started.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience, and although the above nonprofits are impactful organizations, it is sometimes a better fit to spend time giving back to a local-area charity. Because these organizations are smaller, it can sometimes be more difficult to identify them. Here are some resources to help you find a good fit for local volunteering.
Sometimes, you may want to find a nonprofit or organization in need that is unlikely to have a presence on volunteering platforms. In that case, here are a few places you can start.
Volunteering can be an extremely fulfilling experience. But, you are still devoting time and energy to an endeavor and finding a good fit can help to maximize your contributions and make it a more enjoyable experience. When finding where to volunteer, consider the following points.
At DEFENDERS, we pride ourselves on our ever-expanding influence and for being humble servants. Consider your passions and seek to find an opportunity that matches that enthusiasm. Volunteering is a chance to engage with like-minded people and offer value to those in need. If you are passionate about the cause, you are likely to take more away from the experience.
You want to make sure your time is worthwhile. Volunteers are likely to feel that they are offering more if they can provide specific skills.
Ultimately, volunteering is about making a difference. If you sign up with a charity to help children but end up doing bookkeeping tasks instead of working with underprivileged kids, you are unlikely to feel that you are contributing to the cause. Choose an organization that can help you make an impact.
Remember that volunteering is a generous undertaking and there are tons of organizations that can benefit from your time. If an opportunity isn’t working out, take your leave by giving notice and move on to a different passion. Giving is a wonderful way to help others and make our world a better place to live. Regardless of which program you choose, your community will be strengthened by your service.