We’ve all been there. We’re intrigued by the idea of trying something new. The optimism of embracing a new task can either leave us biting at the bit to begin, or leave us a little apprehensive. Volunteering is no different. I love volunteers. That’s why I want to provide you all with tips on how to meaningfully dive into the world of volunteerism.
- Keep an Open Mind. People tend to gravitate towards the kind of work that they might be good at. You might apply to one volunteer position, but might have to dip your hands into many tasks. Don’t let the challenges keep you down, and be flexible. After all, each day is ripe with chances to learn something new.
- Know why you want to volunteer. I like to believe that doing anything with intention will make the experience that much more significant. It might take you a few shots in the dark to find which volunteer opportunity fits your intentions and your skills, but if you move forward with an ethical or personal goal in mind, you will form a symbiotic relationship with a great organization.
- Take time to reflect. This rule goes hand in hand with the other two rules, but is one that is surprisingly neglected. Volunteers find themselves engaging in activities ranging from office tasks to intervening in serious crisis situations in peoples’ lives. It’s important to take time to consider the service that you’ve done, to understand what impact you made, and to contemplate any situations that you have been in, whether they were fun or very difficult to go through.
These are tested steps to having a meaningful volunteer experience.
P.S. My favorite cupcake? Anything that our 9 bakers are serving this Saturday at the Cupcake-A-Doodle-Do!