The HandsOn Blog from HandsOn Network published an awesome article with 9 different ways to make volunteering a part of your new year. Starting to volunteer may scare people: where do I go, how do I begin? Don’t let these thoughts halt your efforts to make your community a more connected and active place! Here are some great tips on how to get started:
1. Find a cause you care about: we know you aren’t going to pull blackberry bushes all year if you hate gardening. Find what you love.
2. Find a way to help: you may care about a lot of things – but then you actually have to help that cause. Find organizations that can help you find volunteer opportunities that support your cause – like us!
3. Do a little research: chances are, there’s more than one organization that supports your cause. Look over the different opportunities and see which one sparks your interest the most.
4. Sign up for a project: it’s really easy – we promise. Check out our Project Calendar to see just how simple it is.
5. Remember it’s okay to ask questions: don’t be shy and ask away! Our job is to make you feel excited and comfortable.
6. Show up ready to have fun: we want our volunteers to have a blast! Be open to new ideas, new tasks and new people – you’ll be surprised at just how fun volunteering can be.
7. Take time to reflect on your experience: to better understand how your work strengthens the community, take a few minutes to think/talk about what you have done. You’ll feel even more awesome!
8. Keep making a difference: volunteering once is great; volunteering on a regular basis is even better! If you loved the organization you volunteered for – great, keep coming back. If you didn’t quite fit in – that’s also great, because now you can try out a different organization.
9. Pass it along: come one, come all! Get your whole family volunteering. Or bring your best friend. Involve the people you care about in a cause you care about. And then take some goofy pictures. Sounds awesome to me.
Read the full article for all the details on how to make 2013 (and every year after) the year of giving back: http://handsonblog.org/2013/01/03/9-ways-to-make-volunteering-a-part-of-your-new-year/?sf8310327=1