When was the last time you volunteered your time to help a worthy cause? For me, I go in spurts. I’ve had some major volunteer experiences, like with International Student Volunteers; some long term stints, like with Grand Rapids Public Schools as a middle school assistant soccer coach; and also one day events, like planting Peter (aka a tree) at Pleasant Park with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Though, to be honest, I have probably had more experience managing volunteers and volunteer events, than actually volunteering myself (that was a mouthful!). Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that volunteering makes everyone involved feel just a little bit better about life in general. Whatever your passion is, whatever makes your inner core light up, the mission has to resonate with you in order to make volunteering worthwhile.
How can you volunteer?
My advice… Do Your Research!!!
When you donate your time, you want it to have an impact, to be valued, and well spent. After all, you are a genius that has so much to give back to the world, right? Ask around. Does this organization treat volunteers well? Do volunteers feel well utilized at events? Does this organization have good ethics and moral standing? For more research, check out the following websites:
Great Nonprofits – A nonprofit itself, formed to get the inside scoop on organizations from first hand testimonies.
Guide Star – Get the low down on an organization's financials, programs, success rates, and more.
This blog contains anything and everything nonprofit, grants, youth development, outdoor education, and more. Really, this is just an informal way to chat more about what I love! Enjoy :)